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  1. Is that a manganese rim on an alleged M2?
  2. Looks like a variant of the bonnet de police. See post 43 here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/254296-ae-f-trench-overseas-caps/page-2
  3. This photo from the IWM shows the same soldier from a different angle. (You can click the link and zoom in.) THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY-NOVEMBER 1916. © IWM (Q 1308) IWM Non Commercial License
  4. I've seen that photograph discussed elsewhere and the consensus seemed to be that it was a burlap cover flapping in the wind.
  5. I've probably posted this picture before, but here's my pair. The WWI helmet stand is professionally made with cast iron parts and 3 French socket bayonets. I saw an identical one many years ago and still regret not buying it. The M1 is a pretty nice blacksmith piece.
  6. They're getting harder to find in this condition. It looks like there might be some packing paper stuck to the liner, so it's possible this one was never issued. ZJ is a fairly scarce code only seen on helmets that were manufactured very late.
  7. The camo bears a resemblance to the style used by the 517th PRCT, but it's not an exact match.
  8. I wonder what happened to the other strap since it sold before. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/original-complete-early-wwii-1810982712
  9. You don't remember this thread where multiple people repeatedly told you what provenance was and wasn't? http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/197944-is-provenance-just-a-story/
  10. Now that I'm not on my phone and can see the photo more clearly, it's definitely a WWII British Mk. 2. The fabric is missing from the chinstrap, but it originally looked like this.
  11. Its not a WWI helmet. Looks more like a WWII British Mk 2.
  12. The existing chart is based on observation of helmet characteristics with (roughly) known date ranges, (i.e. fixed loops, front seam, stainless rim, etc.) rather than any sort of documentation.
  13. It's an excellent article which every M1 helmet collector should read and understand. It doesn't seem like there's been as much discussion around the internet as the article warrants. One forum did have a comment along the lines of "Well, it doesn't line up with the McCord chart in the book, so I'll just stick with the chart.", which strikes me as exactly backwards.
  14. Brass Spikes and Horsetail Plumes Gordon Chappell A Guide Book to U.S. Army Dress Helmets 1872-1904 Mark Kasal and Don Moore Hats Off: Head Dress of the U.S. Army 1872-1912 John P. Langellier
  15. The cumulative column indicates that production started in January 1945, which agrees with another document I have. The total of 392,000 on this chart and the document below indicates that all M1-C helmets were manufactured in 1945.
  16. I have a few with modifications made to the liners for comfort. Newspaper stuffed behind the oilcloth, cloth in the top and one with the crown of a campaign hat sewn into the liner.
  17. I used to have an M1 with red squares that belonged to a soldier in the 594th Joint Assault Signal Company.
  18. It's a British-made shell, which was updated with the m1917a1 liner prior to 1937.
  19. The 145th Field Artillery used a similar design with 145 stenciled over crossed red cannons.
  20. It's actually an 1889 pattern helmet, which has a slightly different brim shape than the 1880 pattern. These are some of my favorite US helmets, and I've never seen one marked as a subcontract piece to Ridabock. Very cool.
  21. The C has been associated with the 341st for some time, specifically as it relates to Colorado being the home state of many of its members. It's not as well known that Arizona doughboys used the letter A instead.
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