U.S. Army M-1 Helmet for 101st Airborne Artillery Headquarters Lt. Colonel
This is a World War II era (1939-1945) American M-1 helmet worn by a lieutenant colonel of the Army's 101st Airborne Division. The helmet features an olive drab paint finish and is covered with a 3/4-inch netting, typical of those worn by the 101st during the Normandy invasion.1 Attached to the front is a silver lieutenant colonel's oak leaf insignia. The white-stenciled circle and 12 o'clock tic mark on either side represents the 101st's Division Artillery Headquarters, while the vertical bar of surgical tape on the back indicates a commissioned officer.
The helmet is a early to mid-war type produced by the McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company. It has welded chinstrap loops (often referred to as "fixed bales") and a front seam stainless steel rim. The liner was manufactured by Westinghouse and is also a mid-war type. Although it is a standard infantry liner without the parachutist chinstrap conversion, it was not uncommon for a paratrooper to wear this configuration.2
|United States||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1941 — 1988|
|McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company|