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Unknown M1 Liner stamp - help to ID?

Article about: The Dutch factory VerBliFa produced M1 clones which showed cracks as well. All cracked ones were condemned and scrapped. For us collectors, these condemned ones are very collectible, but mos

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    The Dutch factory VerBliFa produced M1 clones which showed cracks as well. All cracked ones were condemned and scrapped.

    For us collectors, these condemned ones are very collectible, but most were quite litteraly scrapped and are gone to helmet nirwana.

    Cheers,
    Emile

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    Quote by emileverbunt View Post
    The Dutch factory VerBliFa produced M1 clones which showed cracks as well. All cracked ones were condemned and scrapped.

    For us collectors, these condemned ones are very collectible, but most were quite litteraly scrapped and are gone to helmet nirwana.

    Cheers,
    Emile
    Actually, the Army used these stress cracked helmets for the duration of the war and beyond. These things were cracking right from the factory as a result of a one step stamping method that overstressed the Hatfield Manganese steel which was being used. They later went to a two step method which eliminated 90% of the problems but, it was still an issue. Most every early WWII fixed loop helmet had stress cracks of some kind. Most were hairline fractures others literally split apart. Those were scraped but, those with minor cracks saw reissue all the way through Vietnam.

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