Country of Origin:
United States of America/Brazil
The M1 helmet was developed by the US military through the 1930s to replace the M1917 pattern helmets that had served as the Doughboy's brain bucket through the Great War. Utilizing some inspiration from the globular German Stalhelm designs, the protruded brim of the British brodie styled M1917s, and an American football helmet, the M1 would be quickly approved in the summer of 1941. The final design proved to be extremely effective during testing when helmet examples withstood point blank .45ACP rounds, and mass production commenced almost immediately. The timing proved fortunate as America was thrust into the Second World War, and the antiquated M1917 remained in circulation during the first American combat engagements of the Pacific War. The helmet, designated as the "M1 Helmet, Steel" with it's removable detachable suspension liner and iconic profile, would remain the standard helmet for US soldiers until 1985.
We came into a small lot of these individually unique M1 Helmets, with components jointly manufactured in the United States and Brazil in the Second World War, and immediate post-war period. Brazil was the only independent South American country to have contributed a significant fighting force to the Allied cause during the Second World War. The 25,000 strong Brazilian Expeditionary Force arrived in Italy in September 1944, where it was quickly trained and equipped by American forces already in theatre. Among the equipment these troops received, would be these US produced M1 Helmet.
It is likely that these helmets were the same ones donned by Brazilian troops along through the Gothic Line and Operation Grapeshot through 1944-45. Surplused by Brazilian government after being declared obsolete, these helmets have not seen the light of day for many decades. We managed to rescue a small lot of these helmets from further decay, each bearing individually unique features.
This specific helmet bears the following features:
- General Overview:
- The helmet itself appears to have had a post-war liner replacement. The helmet itself likely was not stored in optimal conditions, given the amount of external rust and pitting visible throughout the helmet. Call 'em battle scars, this helmet has seen "some shit" - as the kids say. Bit of an crustier warhorse, and priced accordingly.
- Steel Helmet:
- Early pattern front rim seam slightly bent and deformed at the front - peeling off approximately 1" on both split ends
- Paint on rim mostly stripped of OD paint, exposing a likely early pattern stainless steel
- Significant pitting and rust throughout the metal furniture - some original OD paint visible at points
- Fixed chinstrap bales, either welded or otherwise pertified onto the metal furniture of the helmet - likely an earlier pattern "fixed loop"
- Missing chinstrap
- No significant cracks in liner body - appears to be postwar manufacture based on OD colour and lack of brown texture pattern
- Canvas sweatband - again appears to be a postwar manufacture
- Suspension webbing and sweat band seam loose on one end of the helmet
- Minor rips and wear all along the canvas fabric of the nape strap and suspension
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Note: This product is in "Military Surplus Condition". Please refer to our Shipping and Returns Policy for details. The helmets are sold as is, bearing in mind they are likely 70+ years old at minimum. A light amount of cleaning and coating is applied with mineral oil prior to dispatch. These are historic helmets sold as a novelty, we do not recommend using something this old as a modern day brain bucket.