Reproduction of the WWII reversible camo helmet cover made for and worn by the the U.S. Marines in the WWII. This is the version with "camo slits" sometimes referred to the "2nd Pattern" in reference books. It is the most commonly seen type seen in wartime photographs.
Made from "Army weave" 100% cotton herringbone twill, exact reproduction camo cloth, and sewn with the correct three thread serger and double-needle chain stitch machines.
Model number? This type with the foliage "slits" is called the "2nd Pattern" by the reference books and 1st Pattern by some websites and media socialists. From looking at period photos, both types (slits/ no slits) appear in photos from mid-late 1943 onward. My suspicion is, for whatever reason, covers were made both ways during the same time frame- the model/ pattern numbers are total collector inventions.
Army? These were NOT worn with the Army Camo HBT's in Europe. I have never seen any photos of Army personnel wearing these covers in any theater in WWII- although I have heard that a few were used in the Pacific.
EGA's? WWII covers were unmarked when issued- some Marines painted or pinned EGA's on them, but most were worn blank. Those made during Korea purportedly had them printed at the factor.
Our covers fit like originals- we actually dis-assembled one to be sure we got them right. WWII covers don't fit form to the helmet as nicely as most Vietnam era ones. They fit more like a Lou Costello in a burlap sack than jeans on a calendar girl. This is the way they were- if this isn't your fantasy, then invent a time machine and go back and change history.
Original covers in action during WWII.
Assembled in USA
1. Remove liner.
2. Wrap cover around steel pot. Open end of pleats should face the rear.
3. Cut slits for chinstraps to go through.
4. Reinstall liner.