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Paratrooper Helmets

The American Airborne troops used the same M1 helmet as the rest of the Army (and Marine Corps). However, the liner and chinstraps were modified to prevent them from separating during parachute jumps. These were known as the M2 and M1C helmets. The first paratroopers used the M-2 (a.k.a. "D-bale"). These had a modified, D-shaped wire for the chin strap on the shell. This was found to be susceptible to breakage, so it was switched in favor of the swivel bale design in late 1943.
The M2 was by far the most common paratrooper helmet on D-Day, but the M1C began to replace it late in the War.
Original WWII Paratrooper helmets are rare and very expensive today.

US Paratrooper Helmet Configurations
We are offer three levels of US WWII helmets. "Reproduction", "Postwar Parts", and "WWII Parts". Externally, all appear identical. However, for purists, the economy and postwar parts helmets are not 100% correct for WWII.

Reproduction helmets are all new, shells and liners.
Postwar and WWII Parts helmets have genuine US military steel pots. We start with military surplus shells and liners, which are repainted and textured as necessary. New, WWII pattern chinstraps are added to the shell.
Postwar parts helmets use 1950's Belgian liners, which are rebuilt to airborne configuration with new A-yokes and chin cups. "WWII Parts" use WWII US military Westinghouse manufacture liners that are completely re-webbed and all inside components replaced with new, top quality reproductions.

Postwar & WWII Parts Helmets are all genuine military surplus! Some small dings or cracks are likely.

Reproduction Helmets

Shell: Reproduction (rear seam)

Plastic reproduction, reproduction parts.
Postwar Parts Helmets

Shell: Postwar US military (rear seam)

US postwar issue, new parts.
WWII Parts Helmets

Shell: Original WWII production, front seam

Westinghouse manufacture, restored
to jump helmet configuration. ATF parts.

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