US WWII M2 Pathfinder Paratrooper Helmet & Liner (with Camouflage Pattern)
Original US WWII M-1 helmet shell and liner. Both pieces have been restored to M-2 paratrooper helmet specifications with high quality reproduction M-2 helmet accessories. This M-2 paratrooper helmet comes complete with hand painted camouflage pattern and all the accessories pictured.
It will include:
One US WWII M-1 helmet shell (front seam) & M-1 infantry helmet liner (with frontal eyelet hole)
The M-1 helmet has been totally restored (no dents or cracks). It has new exterior paint, cork textured, & D bale chinstrap loops. It has sewn airborne chinstraps with snaps (with early buckle and J hook) and hand-painted camouflage paint pattern as seen in Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan.
The M-1 liner provided is Grade I. It has been totally restored with new exterior paint (high gloss), new OD #3 HBT cloth suspension (which includes): upper suspension, lace cord, backstrap, two-piece nape strap, internal airborne snaps and OD #3 A straps with brass wire buckles (factory installed). It also includes sweatband, six "teethed" brass headband spring clips, leather liner strap (with matching black oxide cam latch, rivets and button loops), leather chincup (with chamois lining).
Airborne operations (such as in North Africa and Sicily) have shown pathfinder teams using the paint patterns for helmets and uniforms or camouflage purposes only. But during the Normandy Campaign, such paint patterns applied to pathfinder unit helmets were done with a vesicant paint that would turn pink when exposed to chemical agents, no difference in the appearance, just in the paint's composition.
Note: See FAQ page for explanation on difference between Grade I & II helmet liners