Original U.S. WWII Railway Transportation Corps Unit Painted M1 Helmet Liner
Original Item: Only One Available. Needless to say, a rather unique painted WWII U.S. M1 Helmet Liner with markings denoting usage by the Railway Transportation Corps! This is a genuine WWII M1 Helmet Liner made by CAPAC, complete with original sweatband.
The Helmet Liner shows signs of heavy use from honest wear. The crown of the helmet is missing most of its paint, likely from being removed from in and out of a helmet shell, which makes sense since members of Railway Battalions often wore M1 Helmet Liners on their own when not engaged in combat situations.
The markings are beautifully hand painted, with a stylized “RTC” on each side, white bars around the helmet, with the soldier’s name painted on the front. The white bars, similar to that seen on Military Police Helmets, is a logical choice for members of the Railroad Battalions, as the bars were intended to increase visibility in dark conditions.
A great article on the history of U.S. Army railway units was recently published on the website for the National Museum of the United States Army, Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII:
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