First Aid Packet A small first aid packet sealed in plastic wrapping containing a steralized cotton gauze. Stick you current smokes in the case to hide the new wrapper. A lso notice how the chamios ends at approximately the second hole - just like the originals! The importance of the liner, however, rests with the adjustable suspension system, which allows the wearer to adjust the sizing of the helmet for a proper fit. The color and number of stitches per inch are matched to an original. Both purpose-designed helmet nets and sections cut from vehicle camouflage nets, as on this example, were used.
They are metric and look great. Due to this we are merely choosing to touch on the basics of what to look out for when identifying and dating an M1 helmet to the Second World War. Only problem I see is since the webbing may be taught, it may be hard to keep everything together to set the rivet. The shell can tell you a lot about the helmets age and in some cases its usage. The M1 liners could have wear on the rim, minor warping, small nicks, chips or cracks. A wrong shaped rivet is just a kick in the teeth after all the other work that you may have put into this project sofar.
The webbing kits in many of these last production run which will have mold in marks for Firestone or Firestone over Inland were made too small for the liners. Pay attention; there might be a test the end. Perhaps it is just broken and deteriorated beyond recognition. It is not original to the liner and may be a replica piece. The Riddell type of suspension used in football helmets was modified for the inner liner. The outer surface is similar in colour to the shell and is quite rough textured.
This texture tended to wear more easily, and as can be seen on the left image above, is clearly shiner than the what was later used. Details are where it counts. Very nice clean late war helmet. It is the correct size and thickness. Through it lifetime minor changes and updates were implemented to improve protection and user experience, such as paint texture and colour, rim material and positioning, chinstrap bales, chinstraps and of course the liners.
This seems really straightforward, but its not. Perfect for living history, reenactment and helmet restorers. They also find use in ceremonial units where they are often chromed. Continued Military Use The U. The scrim was not custom made for helmets it was made for vehicle and buildings camouflage.
When the existing green paint was stripped, the underlying paint was of a medium blue. Vietnam Era liners and those issued before the M1 was replaced in the late 1980s have a certain thickness to the body. Notice the accurate five holes each strap and how the first hole starts very near the chincup, so many replicas place the holes incorrectly. These are also of the correct length measuring 13cm from top of strap to centre of buckle pin hole. Dont cheap out on the rivet setting die.
Perfect for living history, reenactment and helmet restorers. Q Station or they had duties that would take them topside, such as Repairs 1, 1B, 2 and 3. Army, Korea, and sent to all division surgeons for their information and coordination with their battalion aid station personnel. I will do my best to answer all inquiries. The perfect item for re-enactors or collectors who want the final finishing touch to their helmet liner. Finally, there is a leather chinstrap. It had been hoped that many more helmets would be recovered and forwarded with the information requested.
There was no evidence of any paint on the shell when acquired. I have had this Westinghouse liner sitting around at least a month now. During the course of the war the Army and Gov't Contractors were still figuring out the best way of making helmet liners for the M1 steel helmet and this resulted in the production of some different types of helmet liners. The leather liner chinstrap is a replacement. The original nape strap attachment webbing has been retained.
It is sewn on a 1917 Singer 78-1 machine, just like our helmet liners and is period perfect as we can make it, right down to the keeper springs on the inside. The markings are die-stamped in small font. The M1 offered much greater protection over the earlier helmet by extending down to cover the sides and back of the wearer's head. We believe these are the best 'A' yoke liner suspension webbing straps available on the market. The material thickness is also notable thinner than all other liner variations. Also notice how the chamios ends at approximately the second hole - just like the originals! I found that the following process worked well for me when installing the helmet liner rivets. No two will be identical as each one is uniquely aged.
Let us know if you have a better way of applying it and if we like it, we will send you a free bag of cork. The forehead area was covered in leather only. The shell is painted in dark, textured olive drab and depicts a standard issue M1 with high pressure liner. The chicken wire is the postwar type, but still looks good. An early liner made from compressed card. Trying to offer a choice of makers or dates of liners simply isn't feasible. A correct early type leather chinstrap with buckle is fitted.