Original U.S. WWII M1 Helmet Converted to 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Airborne Paratrooper M-1D D-Bale Helmet

Item Description

Original Refurbished Item: Only One Available. This is a recreation of a scarce WWII M-1D Paratrooper’s Jump Helmet, also commonly referred to as a “D-Bale” due to the shape of the chinstrap bales on the helmet shell. This helmet was painted with markings for the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, then aged to give it the appearance it has been on the helmet for decades. This is a perfect helmet for someone who wants an elusive M1-D Paratrooper Helmet but doesn't have $20,000 to pay for one!
The helmet shell is a World War Two produced McCord M1 Helmet shell bearing heat lot code 682B. The base paint of the helmet is the original factory paint, which gives the helmet an overall original appearance and aged patina. The D-Bales were welded in place of the original bales (post-war), which amazingly did not deface the original exterior paint when the welding was done. The helmet shell also has an NCO Leadership “Invasion” recognition bar painted on the reverse. The chinstraps are high quality reproductions.
The liner is a late 1950s-Early 1960s produced version with the webbing suspension system being identical to the WWII version. It is an original paratrooper liner, with the Chinstrap Yolks being riveted to the liner at the same time as the internal suspension. The liner is in original condition, with some obvious age and wear from honest use and decades in storage.
The U.S. WWII M-1 helmet was only produced from 1941 to 1945. The U.S. WWII M-1 helmet was only produced from 1941 to 1945. The first production batch resulted with over 323,510 M-1 helmets before the start of the American involvement in the war.
The Ordnance Department selected McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company of Detroit Michigan to produce the steel M1 helmet bodies. These bodies were made from a single piece of Hadfield Manganese steel that was produced by the Carnegie-Illinois & Sharon Steel Corporations. Each completed raw M-1 helmet shell weighed 2.25 lbs each.

The early M-1 helmet shells had a set of fixed (static) chinstrap loops called "bales" and a stainless steel rim. These rims were both rust resistant and had "non-magnetic qualities" that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).
A great helmet for display!
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