Mid-WWII USN D-Day Invasion Fixed Loop M1 Helmet & MSA Liner (1942 Set)
This is an original mid-WWII USN M1 helmet set. Painted around the helmet's circumference, underneath a field repaint, is a red band, with two blue bands painted beneath that. This configuration was common among Navy personnel taking part in D-Day and other amphibious invasions. The blue and red paint is only visible at the helmet's circumference; there is no trace above or below. The McCord manufactured front seam fixed loop helmet shell has a heat stamp of 395A, dating its production to January 1943. In addition to the hand-painted band, the helmet retains its original olive drab factory finish, cork texture, and flat brass-buckled khaki chinstraps. Marked on the web chinstrap, the interior of the shell, and the MSA liner's suspension is the original owner's laundry number of M-3793, showcasing this helmet and liner's long history together as a set. The liner's non-painted steel A-washers, khaki suspension, and folded ends on the neck support date the liner's production to late-1942. The suspension is strong and intact, however the liner has a large crack at the rear. It comes complete with its original headband, neckband, and flat-buckled leather liner strap.