U.S. Army "Big Red 1" M-1 Helmet, WWII
This is an American M-1 steel helmet dating to the Second World War (1939-1945). The helmet includes its liner but both have missing elements. Much of the webbing in the liner is severed and the steel shell of the helmet has lost the bales that hold the chinstrap on. The steel shell and liner are both painted OD green and the shell has a lot of wear on the edge, indicative of early M-1 helmets.
On the front of the shell is a big red "1," the insignia of the American First Infantry Division. Inside the helmet is a label that reads "Cas US M1… Vierville sur/M (normandie)." The First Infantry Division was the first wave of American troops to hit the beaches during the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasions of Normandy and they did so at Omaha Beach in the French town of Vierville.
|United States||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1941 — 1988|
|McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company|