Hey guys; I collect German helmets but want to expand into some US WW2 stuff: I just got back from upstate NY on a holiday and found some cool stuff. I need some help on the M1 helmet I bought from you M1 experts out there.
It is a front seam swivel bail M1, and looks to have original paint with the rough "sand" in it (I will post pictures shortly; have to figure out how to downsize so I can post).
Anyway, the outside of the LINER has been painted years ago (probably to be used for play or Halloween). I started scraping a bit to see ehat is underneath, and I found 2 logos, one on each side. On the right it has a coat of arms with crossed arrows and says "AUDACIA" at the bottom, and on the other side it has a shield that is red and yellow(I haven't scraped further to se if it says anything). Anyone heard of this before? Is this an italian, or some other liner mated to this helmet? The liner fits perfectly, but makes me wonder about the helmet; did other nations use a front seam swivel bail M1? I need some advice from you experts out there.