Need some help identifying a possible World War era helmet.

Discussion in 'Clothing / Gear' started by TheAirsoftTech, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. TheAirsoftTech

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    I searched this, and looked around a lot and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.

    Anyway, I have this helmet sitting in the top of my closet one day I remembered I had it sitting up there. So, I got it out and looked around on it to see if I could figure out what exactly it was. I asked my dad and he said he got it from a guy at his work.

    My dad said he didn't know what exactly it is besides it being a helmet.
    As I'm holding it it feels very lite-weight very very lite weight. I'v worn real helmets and those were much much heavier than this one. So, I thought maybe it was a World War 2 para troopers helmet, since it weighed nothing. But it also felt cheap and not well constructed... As if it wasn't meant for warfare like a replica.

    On the insides there are straps that look like they've been put through A LOT. They look really discolored, frail, and thin. It has markings on the front, left, and right sides but not on the back.
    Here are some pictures: (Sorry for the bad picture quality)
    Any help with greatly be appreciated. :)
     

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  2. Ze_Glocksman

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    It may just be the inside shell of the helmet. My helmet has the metal part but then on the inside it has a plastic like shell. Same with my brothers wwII helmet.
     

  3. Ze_Glocksman

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    Here are some pics of my helmet.

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  4. TheAirsoftTech

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    The straps look about the same.
    Here's the inside of mine:
     

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  5. Ze_Glocksman

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    My helmet is Vietnam/ Korean war era but I don't know what yours is.
     
  6. The Fox

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    Its an inside shell or liner, made in that thick cardboard material. I have a similar one.
    Its an older helmet though, later models were made in plastic if I recall correctly. But American helmets are not really my thing, so I will leave proper examinations over to those who know what they are talking about.
     
  7. TheAirsoftTech

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    Alright, it feels 'plasticky' on the surface. So, maybe it's a later model. Thanks anyway. :)
     
  8. Casanova

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Infantry_Division_(United_States)
    Here's some info regarding the units on your helmet liner :) i think the other unit insignia may be a calvary unit but i'm probably wrong, I do however have a Class A dress uniform that's patched to a specialist in the 42nd infantry as well as a DCU jacket if you're interested in starting a collection out of it :p
     
  9. TheAirsoftTech

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    Thanks for the link :) The insignias match, so this helmet might have belonged to a member of that division. I'm terrible when it comes down to these insignia identifications. :/ So, your guess is better than mine. I'm not interested in starting a collection, I think it's cool. I just don't want to put a bunch of money into it. Thanks for your help, maybe you would want to take it off my hands :p
     
  10. 1badweasel

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    The helmet is post WWII 1947-1949.
     
  11. commando5184

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    M2 steel pot. I can guarantee you 100% that it is, I've spent a year researching helmets.
     
  12. Grudge

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    The M1 is two "one-size-fits-all" helmets — an outer metal shell, sometimes called the "steel pot", and a hard hat-type liner that is nestled inside the shell and contains the suspension system that would be adjusted to fit the wearer's head. Helmet covers and netting would be applied by covering the steel shell with the extra material tucked inside the shell and secured by inserting the liner.

    The outer shell cannot be worn by itself. The liner can be worn by itself providing protection similar to a hard hat, and was often worn in such fashion by military policemen, Assistant Drill Instructors (known as AI's), and rifle/machine gun/pistol range staff, although they were supposed to wear steel at the range. The liner is sometimes worn in U.S. military ceremonies and parades, painted white or chromed. The depth of the helmet is 7 inches, the width is 9.5 inches and length is 11 inches. The weight of a World War II era M1 is approximately 2.85 pounds, including the liner and chinstrap.