WWII Westinghouse M1 Helmet Liner (Factory-Applied Jungle Camouflage)
This is an original early-WWII Westinghouse manufactured jungle camouflage painted helmet liner. Westinghouse was tasked with providing a camouflaged and lightweight solution to the steel M1 helmet, which caused considerable noise trekking through the islands of the Pacific Theatre. In turn, Westinghouse developed a camouflage template consisting of two green tones and one rust-brown tone to be applied over the liner's standard olive drab paint via a stencil. Jungle liners are quite rare due to the fact that nearly half of all those produced were repainted solid green at the factory as it was shown to be dangerous to wear the liner without a steel helmet. This liner has non-painted steel A-washers and folded ends on the neck support, dating its production to late-1942. The liner's paint finish is worn and there are a couple small cracks throughout. The khaki suspension is strong and intact. It comes complete with its original Scholl Manufacturing Co. produced headband and Gem Dandy, Inc. neckband. Like the liner itself, all of the accessories date to 1942.