The M1 can boast of being the most successful combat helmet of all time, with a service history spanning forty years, from the early 1940s until the mid-1980s, when it was replaced in favour of the PASGT composite helmet, In fact the M1 was so successful as a helmet system that many countries chose to adopted it and even produce their own “clones”, such as those from Austria, Germany and Belgium.
Dorrell The US M1 helmet is perhaps one of the most iconic items of military equipment, made famous not only in period photographs from the Second World War and Vietnam, but also from numerous war films such as the D-Day epic, .
It was during the First World War that the need for a modern combat helmet was first recognised.
Found this linked on another site where a Swiss man was discussing WWII Swiss uniforms.
Several members there reenact WWII Swiss and are extremely knowledgeable about these things. Translation: After 1943, the smooth green paint was replaced by a rough-surfaced anthrazit-colour. There is a Swiss collector who has written on the subject.
Does anybody here have any pics(inside and out)of a WW2 Mod 18 Swiss steel helmet.
On the helmet forum Mark has a Swiss helmet that he needs to know if it is a 1918 or a 1918/40 with a WW2 liner or a post war liner.
After winning the contract, Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a corporation that provides services and products made by federal inmates through a correctional program, was subcontracted from Armor Source to begin production.
FPI, which also operates under the trade name UNICOR, then began production of these faulty helmets that were found to have degraded armor, which in turn failed ballistics-testing standards.
A total of 44,000 of these helmets, many which were already seeing use in Afghanistan, were recalled in 2010 by the Army.
It is estimated that a total of 126,052 helmets were eventually recalled — equating to a .1 million loss.
However in general terms the actual helmet design changed very little, and so identifying an example as being original World War Two may seem like a fairly challenging prospect.