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ONSV1470

Original U.S. WWII Vietnam War Born To Kill M1 Helmet with Westinghouse Liner

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a genuine WWII manufactured swivel bale front seam McCord helmet with a WW2 Westinghouse liner. However, in the 1960s it was reissued for the Vietnam war or it was used by a protestor to the Vietnam war. It is hand painted and reads on the front:

BORN
TO
KILL
JOKER
and on the reverse:
LIVE
FAST
DIE
HARD

 

The helmet also bears a peace sign, an eight ball, a yin yang symbol, an Ace of Spades playing card, and a swirl on the crown. The helmet is offered in good condition with an excellent original WW2 Westinghouse liner. Its truly a unique and interesting helmet dating from one of the most socially controversial times in modern American history.

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 later M-1 helmet shells had a set of swivel (movable) 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).

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 produce 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. Other correct WW2 features include cotton herringbone twill (HBT) cloth suspension. This HBT suspension is held tightly within the M-1 helmet liner by rivets and a series of triangular "A" washers. The three upper suspension bands are joined together with a shoestring. This way the wearer could adjust the fit.

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