Dating us military helmets


23-Jan-2015 15:37

In both cases the straps are stitched to the loops.The use of clasps is postwar.2) all shells with the rim that has the seam in front have been produced during WW2, from April 1941 to November 1944, either fixed or swivel bails.Then the seam moved to the rear until August 1945 when production ceased.3) the production of M1 shells started over in 1951, so how can we recognize a late war from a postwar?Under the brim there is a number indicating the production lot.Since the production began, until 1943 the colour of the straps attached to the shell was the olive drab #3, from 1943, mostly on Schlueters, the shells started to be fitted with straps colour olive drab #7. Mid war helmets were fitted with blackend steel buckle with simplified design.However straps OD#3 can be found in rear seam late war examples too. Late war helmets have a blackened brass buckle with simplified design.A distinctive characteristic of early war examples, due to the type of steel used, is that they were prone to generate stress cracks on the shell.Also they were fitted with a rim that lost the paint showing the brightness of the stainless steel it was made of.

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Wartime shells are a little taller, in a darker shade of green.In postwar helmets sand is used to texturize the surface instead of cork.



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