Original U.S. WWII M1917A1 Named Kelly Helmet with Australian Helmet Net - Tenth Army
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine excellent condition WWII U.S. Army M1917A1 "Kelly" Helmet. The helmet is complete with the original liner, chin strap and the small leather skull pad that is often missing from these helmets. Shell has original paint and is covered in an Australian made (PTO) camouflage net that was converted to a helmet net. on the underside of the leather liner pad is the BENDER in black ink or paint which stained the leather.
The helmet was the property of Frank L. Bender, D Company, 3rd Engineering Battalion in the 10th Army. The Tenth played a major part in the Battle of Okinawa.
The M1917A1 helmet was a transitional helmet used during the early years of WWII prior to the introduction of the more common M1 Helmet. It was basically a M1917 helmet shell, as used during WWI, with and improved liner and chin strap assembly. These helmets were widely used by the US Army Troops that occupied the Pacific Islands before and the Pearl Harbor Attack. They were also used by the USMC in the early Island Campaigns of 1942 & 1943.
This is an excellent near mint example of a named Original WWII M1917A1 Helmet with an ultra rare Australian helmet net.
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