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Article about: Hi all, some time ago I received this helmet as a gift from a familty friend. She bought it in a flea/antiques market, in Italy (and I have no idea how much she paid for it) and later just g

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    Hi all,
    some time ago I received this helmet as a gift from a familty friend. She bought it in a flea/antiques market, in Italy (and I have no idea how much she paid for it) and later just gve it to me, without really knowing what it was.

    Shell is a late WW2 M1, front seam, swivel bales, however paint is a light green that I believe could show reconditioning in the 1950-60s. Chinstrap has T1 clamps and fastener, but looks very new compared to the shell.

    All good to here, however what puzzles me is the "thing" at the front. Initially I thought this could be remains of soldering material, but it looks more like very thick paint or similar paterial painted white.

    Is this rank insignia? Looking around I have seen French M1s with similar insignia, but it was usually just painted (and bigger).
    Another possibility is that is it Korean (ROK) Army: this could be a Sergeant rank as used through the 1980s with old US stock.

    Can anybody shed any light?
    Cheers
    Michele

    Former US M1 helmet

    Former US M1 helmet

    Former US M1 helmet

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    Hmmmm ... looks to me like it's been repainted several times. First a dark green paint that shows sign of running and then spray painted with a lighter green. It does look like something has been stuck to the front of the helmet. It looks way too sloppily done to be rank markings.
    It looks like the light green paint isn't covering the whole helmet - Is that right?

    /Jesper

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    Hi
    Strange indeed. Chinstrap looks nealy new compare to the helmet itself
    If it was to be a French Rank it would be "Colonel". A rather hight rank and we could then expect more car in the drawing of the rank.

    Bruno

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    I am not sure, I can see only one overpainted layer (the light green) which is flaking and missing at the front, maybe because that odd emblem (if it is an emblem....or maybe the real emblem is actually missing and that's what's left) has been soldered/attached on...

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    I agree, the chinstrap is a later addition and not consistent with the overall use of the helmet. And I also agree that a Colonel would probably have rank insignia applied properly....

    Many thanks
    Michele

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