Taking up the China aspect, the profile of this helmet seems very like the GK80A to me - albeit with a rim and seemingly in need of a separate M1-style liner. Being heavier than a US M1, this may also hint at Chinese manufacture as the GK80s I've handled are surprisingly hefty. Only speculation, but could the Chinese have made a US system helmet when seeking to replace Japanese and Russian types but ultimately opting for the one piece GK80? A rejected model is often taken up by others - eg the S Korean M76 that started life as an Israeli project. Best Regards,
I hope someone can identify it.
And as you know the shell is lower than the euro clone m1 and more heavy. Could it be this helmet was meant for the indonesian profile? Helmet much lower so it won't attract the opposition easier.
I also have an m1 helmet im trying to identify.the mitchell cover is undated and worn.the helmet shell has the black hardware with p stamp. Seems painted over a pea green through cracks snd rust.swivel bale back seam.inside is written h1959 in ink.trying to find a heat stamp.it has airbourne straps.the liner is airbourne and stamped may 27 1967 on webbing.leather band is so rubbed i cant make out.most paint is gone on the liner.inside the liner crown is stamped M v l? Mv1 ? Can anyone identify this? Tried to post pics but having trouble!!! Helmet looks used alot the shell and liner....thanks im stumped ned expert!!!!