WW2 US M1 'Fixed Bales' Helmet With Camouflage Net - Classic D-Day
An excellent textbook US M1 helmet with camouflage net & fixed bales. This helmet has all the attributes of a mid 1943 dated example & is typical of those worn by GIs training in England befor landing on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 for D-Day.
This helmet is still in its original cork mixed OD wartime paint inside & out with front seam to stainless steel rim & early raised bar brass chinstrap buckle . Lot number to interior of the MCCord helmet shell is '5430' denoting manufacturer during the mid 1943 period. Liner is a 'Firestone; produced example with green painted A washers used around mid 1943 to mid 1944. Nape strap is totally original to the helmet & has the contract number W199-QM036774 which dates it to July 6th 1942. Finally the leather liner chinstrap is intact & an early version in green painted steel wire with no tube over the joins. These were used from the Autumn of 1942 until early 1943 & are very hard to find today.