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WWII US Army Tanker Helmet -
Tanks were first introduced in battle during WWI. Their presence was intimidating to the soldiers in the trenches. In reality, their effectiveness was not great. Commanders had yet to figure out how to employ them in the battle field.

WWII saw a vast increase in the technology of the machines and the tactics used to deploy them. The tank became a decisive factor in many of the battles fought in Europe at the time. The standard American tank was the Sherman. This was considered to be a medium size tank. It held five soldiers in very tight quarters. safety was an issue because soldiers could get hurt as the tank moves across fields and obstacles. The answer had to come in the form of a helmet.

In 1938 the US army came up with a design to solve many of the problems encountered in the tank cab. The tanker helmet was born.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for US hats and helmets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my US headgear worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats and helmets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The design of the tanker helmet is very similar to a football helmet. Heavily padded and of lightweight construction. The helmet was designed to fit in a snug fashion. the helmet was manufactured of a rubberized fibre/leather with a thicker band of leather stitched around the rim. An inner suspension was made of several leather straps. multiple ventilation holes were cut into the helmet. The back of the head was protected by a neck flap of the same material as the cap.

US headgear in general is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by going to our US Military headgear identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for the US Army helmets and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $300.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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