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    WW2 / Korean War M1 Helmet?



    This helmet came from the collection of a friend who recently passed away. I think it may have been a WW2 issue that was refurbished for the Korean conflict. I know a bit about M1icon Helmets, but would like to know more, so any help much appreciated.

    The steel shell is a rear seam M1, so manufactured after Nov '44. The heat stamp inside the front rim reads 1284A (there is no 'S') which means it was made by McCord. Is it possible to tell the date of manufacture from the heat stamp?

    I've read in one of Harlan's old posts that you can tell a WW2 helmet (as opposed to a Korean War vintage helmet) by its more rounded dome, so this may be a WW2 shell, but I find it hard to be sure.

    It has been repainted and the Red '1' was added by my deceased friend.

    The liner is a WW2 Westinghouse, looks fairly untouched and original to me. The leather strap looks original, headband and nape band are all later OD#7 and I'm guessing they might have been added for Korea?

    If it was used in Korea, I'd like to keep it that way, rather than try restore it to WW2 spec. I think the Red 1 will have to go, so a repaint is probable. Any tips on the correct colour?

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    Looks like the steel pot has a sand texture, and not the WWII period cork texture. Chinstrap looks to be Vietnam era. Liner is a nice WWII example.

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    Another M1 Helmet

    Any information on this helmet would be appreciated. I think it is late WW2 and was in service (US Army) when it disappeared.

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    A front seam swivel bale...a bit earlier helmet. The liner is WW2 also. Here's a forum that's a must for examining your helmets...it's all there. US M1 steel helmet forum

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