Good afternoon gents,
I'm a new member here and so far pretty impressed.
I have been a militaria collector for some 40 years but only now have I turned my attention to the venerable M1 helmet
I have an M1 liner that is causing me some puzzlement. It lives in a fixed bale front seam M1 that appears absolutely OK. However, looking at the liner although it appears WWII vintage and has the front eyelet (I know that is not sure indicator on its own) green 'A' washers etc attaching the suspension (but this is dark OD). It has an "Ozark" Division decal (a post war habit I know) and a grey stripe around the rim which suggests to me a Naval shore party perhaps. Also the maker mark in the crown looks like it might be one of the re-stamped items assembled post WWII.
When I got it it had a sweatband and nape strap that were I think Korean War vintage.
All these factors seem to me to be a combination of WWII (eyelet and green 'A' washers) and later indicators.
I don't doubt that the liner is authentic but I wonder about its service life. Any ideas?