US WWII Army Paratrooper M-2 Airborne Helmet & Liner with Non-removable liner strap (Grade I Liner)
Original US WWII M-1 helmet shell and liner. Both pieces have been restored to M-2 airborne helmet specifications with high quality reproduction M-1 helmet accessories. This M-2 paratrooper helmet comes complete with an early war non-removable liner strap, Grade I liner and all the accessories pictured.
It will include:
US WWII M-2 helmet shell (front seam) & US M-1 paratrooper airborne helmet liner (with frontal eyelet hole)
The M-2 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 early war non-removable liner strap.
The M-1 liner provided with this helmet 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, non-removable leather liner strap (set with steel rivet and clasp) and a leather chincup (with chamois lining).
All of the helmets I deal with are over 65 years old and definitely saw plenty of use. This has lead to a lot of “wear and tear” on the shells. Unlike other operations, every helmet undergoes the same painstaking restoration process, which starts with stripping the helmet to bare metal (so I can inspect the entire piece).
If needed (which many don’t), any imperfections will be removed, with all helmets (regardless of condition) being processed through my pneumatic dent remover (with custom dies made especially for the M1 shell). This machine will make even the most “dimpled” pot as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Rims are easily straightened, too and if there are any stress fractures present, they are welded and then reduced.
This is a far cry above what many do in this business. The majority of operations simply slap some bondo on a shell (or even worse) just paint over the problem and send it out the door.
The result fo this painstaking work is not only an excellently restored M1 helmet shell, but a saved piece of history!
Note: See FAQ page for explanation on difference between Grade I & II helmet liners