M1 Helmet 55-63.

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M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:08 am

If you try and track the development of the M1 helmet from it's beginning in WW2 to the end of it's service life in the 1980's it is possible and easier to understand if you break up those years into blocks or periods where the significant modifications were made. This next helmet from my M1 collection best represents the next period from 1955 to 1963. During that time several changes were made mostly to the helmet liner. This information is very handy to know even if you are not a dedicated helmet collector but rather someone who is looking to purchase a helmet at a collectors fair or on the net etc. If you want a WW2 example for instance then you need to be able to separate war time produced helmets from post war. :thumbsup:

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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:23 am

The helmet has a cloth camo cover which covers the helmet shell and mostly blocks the opportunity to see the change in colour which is a lighter shade of green than in the past. I have turned the edge of the cover up just enough to be able to see the difference. Needless to say that if a helmet is painted in that shade it would be done post 1961-62.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:47 am

The chinstrap mounting clips, black painted cam buckle on the leather chinstrap and chinstrap webbing remain unchanged from the previous period (51- 54). This is the last version with the leather chinstrap draped over the brim and liner with the metal posts attached to the inside of the liner to take the chinstrap. Also this helmet has a rubber camo band over the cloth cover instead of the usual often seen elastic band. This type of arrangement was seen in early period photo's in Vietnam. The most noticeable difference with the liner of this period is the elimination of the eyelet hole at the front. Important and easy to see. If a liner has this missing it is definitely post war made.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:12 am

The next group of photo's show the inside of the liner. The colour is still the same as the previous model (OD 7) but the weave in the webbing has changed from a herringbone pattern to a plain cotton weave. The metal washers and buckles are all steel painted black rather than the green of the previous version. This is the last use of the style of nape strap first designed for use in WW2. The liner has the makers stamp MSA which stands for Mine Safety Appliances.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:24 am

So to recap some of the major differences firstly the helmet shell largely remains the same except for a colour change introduced in the early 60's.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:51 am

Helmet liner is missing the eyelet at the front. If you want a WW2 example this must be present with (OD 3) webbing. Which is much lighter in colour.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:07 am

The 55-63 has black painted washers and buckles with a plain cotton webbing. The 51-54 has Herringbone weave webbing with green painted hardware.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:15 am

Well there you have it. I hope this and the previous threads on the M1 and it's development from WW2 to 51-54 and 55-63 periods might help you to identify the correct helmet should you find the need to add one to your collection. I can certainly recommend doing so, but then I'm a bit biased when it comes to helmets :lol: :thumbsup:

Regards Mark.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Dave_Holden » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:52 am

As usual Mark a real quality post. Great information and backed by clear excellent photos. That really does look a very nicely made helmet, internal and strapping looks in top condition. Thanks as always for the high standard of post. Cheers Dave.

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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:53 pm

Thank you Dave. Regards Mark

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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Andyb » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:11 pm

Brilliant post Mark :thumbsup:
I think you may have posted a picture twice though =)) =)) =))

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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:14 pm

Andyb wrote:Brilliant post Mark :thumbsup:
I think you may have posted a picture twice though =)) =)) =))

:lol: :lol: what can I say mate...guilty as charged. Touché my friend :thumbsup: Regards Mark.

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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:01 am

Some Vietnam period photographs of the use of the leather chinstrap and a couple using the rough cut rubber camo band instead of the more commonly seen elastic version. :thumbsup:

Regards Mark.
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby muckaroon1960 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:53 pm

I think I'm losing the plot? I'm sure I submitted a picture of my circa 1982 M1 last night on this post?
Anyways as I said last night great post Mark :thumbsup: Here's my M1 circa 82.

P.S. I know i'm right because when I went into attachments I went straight to my M1 picture file......knew it!
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Re: M1 Helmet 55-63.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:22 pm

Great helmet Paul. I don't have one that late. Appreciate you posting it and would be well worth posting a few more photos in a thread of it's own if you want :thumbsup: thanks Regards Mark.

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