Ww2 m1 helmet dating

ww2 m1 helmet dating

Are the M1 helmets made during WWII?

The M1 helmets distinctive WWII manufacturing features will be described as well as dates approximating time of specification changes. Attention will be made to alert the collector of post-WWII modifications due to specification changes that were applied to helmets originally produced during WWII.

Why do WWII helmets have different dates on them?

Approximating dates according to stamps in WWII helmets cannot always be done as some are unreadable. So, it is normal for odd combinations such as a fiber liner with a herringbone suspension. This can result in many interesting combinations, both historically and informatively.

What was the name of the helmet in WW2?

A special helmet shell was needed for the US WWII paratroopers. Rather than design an entirely new helmet, the US Army modified the existing M-1 helmet shell. This helmet modification was given the designation M-2 (through official proclamation by the QMC) on 23 June 1942.

How do I find the production date of a WWII helmet?

Contrary to the information produced by some book authors, a production date can be determined when examining a WWII helmet shell. This can be done by examining the number (pictured to the right) found in the inner front of any US M-1 McCord manufactured helmet shell.

How many M1 helmets were made in WW2?

Over 22 million U.S. M-1 steel helmets were manufactured by September 1945 at the end of World War II. Production was done by McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company and Schlueter Manufacturing Company.

Are there any post-WWII modifications to the M1 M1 helmet shell?

Attention will be made to alert the collector of post-WWII modifications due to specification changes that were applied to helmets originally produced during WWII. McCord was the first and the largest producer of WWII M1 helmet shells.

Which countries have adopted the M1A helmet?

Paraguay: Adopted the M1 after signing the Rio Treaty. Peru: Formerly used M1 helmets supplied by the US. Some obtained from Israel and West Germany. Philippines: Formerly used M1 helmet in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Some reserve stocks for training of the recruits.

Do M1 helmets have rims in the front or back?

For this reason, any M1 helmet of WWII to Vietnam War vintage should be handled carefully to reduce chance of damage. Initial production helmets in 1941 to late 1944 had their rims seemed in the front. All M1 helmets with this feature among others were produced during or just prior to WWII.

How many M-1 helmet shells were made in WW2?

The total production of WWII M-1 helmet shells reached over 22,000,000 by August 1945. M-1 helmet production ceased just days after the war ended. Note: M-1 helmet shell production would not begin again until March 1951 because of the Korean War.

What makes a WWII helmet a WWII helmet?

To be considered a WWII helmet, the helmet in question must possess all original manufacturing techniques and parts dating from the first approved production models in 1941 to the last WWII specifications in 1944. If any post-1944 changes are present in any part of the helmet, then it cannot be considered a true WWII helmet.

How can you tell how old a WWII helmet is?

The stamp can be hard to see but can identify maker and approximate year of manufacture. These features are common to all WWII helmets and were never changed during the course of the war.

How do you date a Schlueter helmet?

A heat stamp of 50A with an S beneath it on a Schlueter manufactured helmet. Heat stamps can be used to roughly determine the production date of M1 helmets. The book Helmets of the ETO includes a chart to date McCord manufactured helmets, however the information is copyrighted.

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