WWII Inland Paratrooper M2 M1-C Helmet Liner (Cut A-yokes)
This is an original U.S. WWII Inland manufactured paratrooper helmet liner. Interestingly, Westinghouse was the only company which provided ready-to-use airborne helmet liners during the war; each of the 75,000 Inland produced airborne liners began their lives as infantry models and were later converted by the McCord Radiator & Manufacturing Co. prior to being issued. Unfortunately, this liner's factory installed A-yokes have been cut, however remnants are still visible beneath the non-painted steel A-washers. The washers in combination with the brass sockets that accommodate the corresponding snaps on a shell's chinstrap date the liner's production to 1943. The khaki suspension is strong and intact. It comes with its original Gem Dandy, Inc. manufactured headband and a recently installed Gem Dandy, Inc. manufactured neckband, both of which also date to 1943. At some point after the war the liner's exterior was repainted in order to reflect "school spirit" for Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah. This liner would display quite nicely when installed in an M2 "D-bail" or an M1-C paratrooper helmet shell.