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Strange M1, Tiger head painting, Vietnam?

Article about: Hello, i`ve bought this helmet years ago on eBay for very Little Money. Any Chance that it could be an original from the Vietnam era? Ciao, Crab

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    Hello,
    i`ve bought this helmet years ago on eBay for very Little Money. Any Chance that it could be an original from the Vietnam era?

    Ciao, Crab
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    G'day. I have never seen anything like this. Almost looks like a Japanese Manga/anime style cat??? Regarding the shell itself, will need clearer images of the underside and the lot or serial number underside the front peak. There is a good chance it is a US made shell from the era but many thousands have been made in other countries that have no relation to the VN war or the period. From these images no one will be able to tell you for sure. I would hazard a guess it is a pretty crude attempt to replicate a ARVN special forces helmet. Cheers
    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Thank you,
    here are more pics...

    Ciao,
    Crab
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    Its a US made WWII era shell - The rest is a mystery. Cheers
    Best regards,
    Chris

    "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."
    Carl Jung

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    Thanks a lot!

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    It kind of looks like the US tank destroyer emblem . With out the tank in the mouth.
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    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Not a fan.

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    i have seen this type of painted helmet on a arvn soldier on the front cover of a vietnam war book.
    its on amazon i will try and find it and let you know.
    its definately a vietnam war helmet.

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    First thing I thought of was a hellcat tank destroyer.
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    This is a ARVN ranger. Looks a bit similar.

    Cheers,
    Emile

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