Original U.S. WWII Combat Medic Painted M1 Helmet Liner by Westinghouse
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII Issue M1 Helmet Liner by Westinghouse, which has been painted for use by a Combat Medic. Inside a secure location or behind lines, the full weight of the helmet could be cumbersome, so often just the liner was worn. By painting the liner, one could be sure that the medic was still easily identified, even in low light situations.
The liner is correct "high pressure" WWII issue and stamped with a W for the Westinghouse Electric Co Manufactured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this "high pressure" manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed "W" in the crown (which is still Westinghouse's logo to this day). Westinghouse was the largest M-1 helmet liner producer and had two production divisions; Micarta and Bryant Electric. The Micarta Division produced about 13,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and the Bryant Electric Division about 10,000,000. Westinghouse Electric Company started M-1 helmet liner delivery in May 1942. Westinghouse did have a contract to producce airborne liners and converted an unknown amount to airborne configuration. Westinghouse discontinued production around August 17, 1945 when the war ended.
This true US WWII M-1 helmet liner be identified through the frontal eyelet hole, which this example clearly has. Unfortunately, it looks as though this liner was left in the field for some time, and suffered a lot of water exposure, which rotted out the original liner suspension. There are still remnants of the original OD Green #3 HBT straps, but for the most part, they are destroyed. The "A" shaped washers are still prsent, but show a lot of oxidation to their blacked brass finish.
WWII Combat Medic M1 Helmet items are quite sought after, and have become very difficult to find in recent years. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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