Original U.S. WWII - Vietnam M-1C Paratrooper M1 Helmet With With Reversible Camouflage Cover and Liner - Complete

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. An outstanding example of an original Vietnam War Airborne M-1C Paratrooper’s Helmet with Mitchell Pattern Reversible Camouflage Cover.

Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a manganese steel rim. These rims had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass). In WWII the shells had Stainless Steel rims, however these would easily lose paint, and the shine produced without paint was a liability., needless to say.

This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has the original OD Green finish on the interior and exterior of the helmet. It still has the correct chin strap and is in solid condition with functioning straps, buckles and buttons.

The liner is correct high pressure late 1950s (aka “P-1958”) liner which has the webbing configured in the same fashion as the WWII type liners. The sweatband is in good condition, and the rear is marked with the correct Vietnam Era stock numbers. The airborne A-Yokes for the chincup are intact, the chin cup itself is present (which was routinely removed, as the chincups were rarely worn outside of combat jumps, which rarely occurred in Vietnam). The exterior of the helmet has been repainted with a bright green colored paint, which is undoubtedly period.

The helmet cover is marked on the underside of one of the flaps with the contract information:

DSA 100-69-C-1921
E.S.N. 8415-261-6833

These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War paratrooper helmets that are complete. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!

Comes more than ready for display.

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