hey dan...i am certainly no expert, but i betcha no M-1 helmets were manufactured after WW 2. there were so many floating around, still stored in QM warehouses,etc that there were more than enough to equip US forces thru the korean conflict, vietnam, the french in indo china and other allied military units. some of these helmets probably saw action in the south pacific, korea and maybe on into southeast asia. if only they could talk. what tales they might tell. this is, of course, just a highly uneducated guess on my part. pure speculation, but it does seem logical from what i know or think i know. cheers.
Hi guys, WW2 M1 steel helmets cover the back of the head more than the Vietnam era. If you compare WW2 and VN soldier pictures, the VN helmet exposes the nape more. I believe this is to give more clearance in the back so that the web gear or pack doesn't bump the helmet forward and over the eyes of the soldier when laying prone on the ground. I think this is the reason why the more recent US army kevlar helmet has that arched contour at the back of the helmet even though it has more of it covering the sides of the head including the ears.
Post by DAN BULAKENO on Aug 29, 2009 3:55:35 GMT -5
sir oklahoma, vee vee, bolo, great cardinal... many thanks for the info to identify the helmet. actually i came up with this question because as you all know im here in the philippines and in cainta, rizal province. ive chek a small antique shop nothing much intresting till my eye catch the rusted ol' steel pot. its pretty rusted and yes it still have a few cork texture but most were rub off due to the condition or rough hadling of the store owner or the original owner. and i did bought it for 500php only. i'll take pics of the pot once i borrow my brother's cam coz im not really a gudget guy. and yes for the attachment for the chin strap it can be move so i assume its the 1943 or maybe 1944. i'll post the pics soon so that we can conclude the pots identity. and im planning to refurbish it for a good display.ehehehe.. cheers!
Post by Randele A Arcilla on Sept 20, 2010 22:21:06 GMT -5
During World War II under the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. The American M1 Steel Helmet for used the Philippine Commonwealth Army, Philippine Constabulary and the Recognized Guerrillas to founded the Philippine Recaptures under the Japanese Regime (1942-1944) and the Allied Liberation (1944-1945).
Post by insurrectomad on Oct 2, 2010 8:10:53 GMT -5
Dear Bolo, The helmet shown below your member tag, looks like a Japanese helmet, the British pattern with the deeper crown, which was issued to Royal Navy Gun crews and women in the armed services. The star on the front suggests its Japanese? ---David