U.S. 2nd Lieutenant's M-1 Helmet with M-38 Tanker Helmet as Liner
The M-38 tanker helmet of World War II (1939-1945) was manufactured at a size that allowed it to be worn within the M-1 helmet if increased ballistic protection was needed. This example of the M-38 tanker helmet is fitted within the M-1 helmet shell.The olive green M-1 shell is marked with a single brass bar, the insignia for a second lieutenant. The quick release chinstrap is attached by loops welded onto the inside, and on the back inner brim is the name Lafleur.
The inner helmet is an M-38 anti-crash tank helmet and is molded from compressed cardboard and padded with leather and felt.1 Two ear flaps are sewn onto each side and used to hold headphones. Two of the leather straps used to keep the flaps down are missing but the two straps above the ear flaps used for holding goggles in place are still present. Sears Saddlery Co. and Davenport, Iowa is stamped on the neck protector, along with the size 7 1/8.
|United States||World War II|
|Vehicle Crew Helmet||1938|
|Sears Saddlery Company|