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First M1 Helmet

Article about: You might have nailed it there. Well done! Rod Yup, well done that man! Best Regards, Andy

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    Default First M1 Helmet

    I won my first helmet on ebay. I spent some time reading the threads on this forum to make sure I bought a WWII helmet and liner. I did get a WWII helmet right?

    I was thinking about buying correct period chin straps for the liner but after seeing an $85 dollar bid on the leather strap...I think I'll go repro.

    Helmet has 150C stamped I think.
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    It looks like the liner is pretty much worn out. Not surprisingly the seller neglected to show a clear view of the liner in his listing.
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    Looks like the liner was repainted. I can't tell what's under there but its a red and yellow decal on the first layer of paint.
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    hi & welcome to the forum

    the shell you have is indeed a WW2 fixed bail version but the liner is a post war 1950's version.

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    Looks great ! you should be able to pick up another liner at reasonable cost probably without its chinstrap as well though if your patient . Your correct green hardware chinstraps seem to go for a small fortune.If I was you I would do a bit of research on that decal. It would be interesting to find out what it has been.
    Rod


    Regards
    Rod
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    Quote by plumbob View Post
    If I was you I would do a bit of research on that decal. It would be interesting to find out what it has been.
    Rod
    I actually spent the week searching for anything similar but so far no luck. Wished the center of it wasn't worn away.

    and thanks for the confirmation.

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    Looks similar to this one: Red Scorpion/shell casing pin?? Bomber squad???

    ID'd to 69th anti aircraft artillery but I can't find another pic of the insignia when I googled it.

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    [QUOTE=Matt6767;538862]I actually spent the week searching for anything similar but so far no luck. Wished the center of it wasn't worn away.

    I see what you mean I spent about three hours last night looking at different decals and patches to see of i could find one similar, but unfortunately come up blank as well. Not easy eh!
    At first I thought it looked like the remains of a snake (cobra) or medusa or something similar, but it could be anything, the thing is I am sure I have seen something like this before somewhere .But god only knows where.
    Best of luck with it, hope you find it sometime.
    Rod

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    The liner looks like a ww2 liner because it has the device attachment hole on the front.

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    It does indeed. Early 1950's ones do too. Usually marked Micarter, a division of Westinghouse, and sometimes double stamped with different makers marks. The OD7 (dark green) webbing is the give away.

    Best Regards,

    Andy
    Best Regards,


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    Quote by mk1rceme View Post
    Looks similar to this one: Red Scorpion/shell casing pin?? Bomber squad???

    ID'd to 69th anti aircraft artillery but I can't find another pic of the insignia when I googled it.
    You might have nailed it there. Well done!
    Rod

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    Yes I checked the liner and it is from the 50's.

    Mk1's link looks pretty much like it but I couldn't find any pictures of the decal from the 69th after searching in Google either so I'm still looking around to see if there's any more.

    Edit: oh I can see the lining of the missing yellow matching perfectly with the badge

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