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  1. Wow, what a mashup! That looks like an Argentine helmet to me, and it has a liner from Australia of all places. You can tell because Australia used white stamped markings when making them. Other than that, they are very similar to Vietnam era American liners.
  2. Fantastic! As far as I am aware, Tru-Temper made the very first test shovels in 1967, and after that it was Ames from 68 onwards. Is the handle on yours a dark purpleish color? I ask because I have an unissued one from 69 that has a strange purple hue in certain bright light. Regardless, $45 is a steal!
  3. From what I remember, it was an experimental paint job from the early 60s that was supposed to be less glossy when wet. However, most soldiers were wearing covers by then, so the finish of the helmet was unimportant, so they just stuck with sand instead. As for the weight, take this with a grain of salt, but I read somewhere that some of these used Cement powder for the aggregate in the paint.
  4. Have you tried an M-61 field pack? Either that or an ALICE training pack if you prefer nylon over canvas. Those should give you a bit more room than the GP bag.
  5. One thing of interest is the fact that it was produced by the Defense Personnel Support Center, which was basically the new name for the quartermaster depot. They had a different way of marking their products, hence the lack of a DLA contract number.
  6. COGEBI is a plastics company in Belgium, and they were a contractor for the Belgian army after WWII. I have one of their later liners from the 60s which is made of an injection molded plastic, but their older ones were made the same way as American ones, making them hard to notice in online auctions.
  7. Wow, I have never seen a green Ames shovel before. Not trying to hijack this thread, as I have already posted this before, but for comparison purposes here is my 69 dated shovel (ignore the canteen, this is the only picture of the date I have on hand). It seems that funky colors were normal for 1969, because your shovel is green, and mine is purple!
  8. That buckle looks like a cast brass buckle that was originally used on the M1917A1 helmets. There were some stocks left over at the start of WWII and they were used on some M1 helmets as a result. I could totally be wrong, but from these pictures it looks like a really beat up Schleuter. The remaining bail looks rounded like a Schleuter, and the brim looks pretty flat if you ignore the huge disfiguring dent. It almost looks like there is an S in the seam photo, but I could be wrong. Just my conjecture.
  9. If the hardware is brass or copper colored and painted a glossy black, as opposed to blackened steel, then it is most likely a Euroclone chinstrap. I dont know of any postwar American chinstraps made using any brass hardware.
  10. Regarding the cross, if my memory is correct it is simply a marking on the center of the crown for mold indexing purposes. This is the last style of liner used by the US; you can tell by the circular pegs used to hold the removable suspension as opposed to the rivets used on previous versions. The square brackets would have been attached to the webbing and they can be removed by sliding them off the pegs, although I imagine you probably just want to leave them as they are. That definitely looks like heat damage on the side, and your theory on the wildfires makes sense for the area it was f
  11. 1973 Israeli helmet. The character in the circle stands for Zahal, or the Israeli army. A cool helmet, and my first helmet was one of these, but not WWII by a long shot.
  12. I think it was made in China. Look at the stitching at the crown; It looks like the sewing machine turned as they were going and the stitch is uneven.
  13. Mine is definitely worse for wear, but still intact. The drawstring is gone, as are most of the contents, but at least it still has rusty scissors and needles. I think the picture could give you tetanus just by looking at it.
  14. Not WWII. It is a 1964 dated Mitchell cover, used during Vietnam. Notice how the pattern is actually different from the WWII pattern. What is not shown is the leaf pattern camouflage on the reverse side. Either the seller is unaware of what they have, or they want to rip you off. It does appear to be a combat used Vietnam cover, but that is different from what is advertised.
  15. Just my two cents, but to me it looks like a reenactors helmet. I have seen several videos on YouTube where people take the hardware off of Vietnam era chinstraps and sew them to the helmet to emulate the bar tacked originals. The cover looks later than the early ERDL covers, mainly because the lines have been redrawn. If you look at the early ones they have a sort of bleeding of the ink on the edges of the blobs, which were fixed later. Since covers were made from two sides, one would be marked, but sometimes two unmarked sides would be sewn together instead.
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