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  1. Project Sky Trooper" The names of 5,621 Soldiers are on these lists. They were members of units assigned or attached to the 1st Cavalry Division (AIRMOBILE) who were killed in action (KIA) during the Vietnam War. http://1cda.org/boh_vietnam.htm
  2. Bob, while it is true that WWII covers are no longer being made, if they are as scarce as you assert, then perhaps you can explain how such a scarce item can be found on eBay on such a consistent basis. Two of these "scarce" WWII USMC helmet covers are listed on eBay at this very moment. In addition to the first pattern that is overpriced at $475.00, there is also a second pattern that is currently listed and overpriced at $330.00. If original WWII USMC helmet covers are so scarce, then how do you explain the fact that there these covers have a tendency to consistently find their way onto eBay
  3. Spot on Ronny. I've attached a screen shot of the original listing that ended when the bidding, which reached a maximum of $355.00, did not meet the reserve. So then, since $355.00 wasn't an acceptable price for a helmet cover that has "tiny rust stains and a black scuff mark on the beach side", the seller decided to list it as a "Buy It Now" at $455.00. Again, those who, for no other reason than greed, engage in this sort of action, are the major reason that drives the cost of militaria to a ludicrous level.
  4. The day the cost for an original USMC WWII helmet cover exceeded $200 was the day my interest in purchasing them came to an end. This is a patently ridiculous price.
  5. Someday, someone will find one in a barn somewhere in Normandy. haha
  6. How to raise the cost of a helmet cover to a ludicrous level. This is how it's done.
  7. There are two dates for Mitchell covers dated 1959. The first is Project Number 5501 dated APRIL 2, 1959 and the second is Project Number 5850 dated December 10, 1959. The Project No. 5501 covers have the date April 2, 1959 in two configurations to include "4-2-59" and "4-259". Note that the dash between the day "2" and the year "59" is missing on this one.
  8. The liners are US WWII/Korean War issue that have apparently been re-webbed by a foreign nation - could have been Greece since this is where the liners are located. These US liners have been re-webbed using cotton, single HBT material in shade OD7, which was used by the US in liners manufactured in the 1950's in a triple loop configuration while US liners manufactured with the 3 single, cross- strap webbing configuration used in these liners was made of cotton (non-HBT) webbing in the 1960's - introduced in 1964. The liner webbing is manufactured with HBT material that was used by the US in th
  9. M1 Paratrooper Helmet Liner American WWII Shell Korea Vietnam Airborne. The fibre shell for the liner is correct WW2 most are Firestone and MSA. Have been re issued with post war liner mechanism, even with nape strap used in Vietnam war paratroopers. Lots of history in this item. Started in ww2 and went up to Vietnam. Has all aspects of a para liner. Used but quite solid and ready to be used again as reenactor or display. For the first 4 also included the chinstraps . Listing is for 1pcs. Please check the photos. Original ww2 fibre shell with Korea /
  10. Ed's explanation is spot on. While the chinstraps on most infantry helmets are long enough to connect to one another behind the helmet - the chinstraps on airborne helmets are not long enough to connect to one another in this manner. The fact that the ball hook on airborne helmets was removed from the buckle by airborne troops to prevent the strap from popping loose on a jump made the strap even more difficult to connect at the rear. This method was used to allow the wearer to connect the chinstraps on the rear of the airborne helmet for storage. Also, the "A" straps were tucked and buckled t
  11. This shell, bearing the 4 digit heat stamp of 4425, was manufactured by the Dana Corporation during the Vietnam war. Heat Stamp 4425 was used by the Dana Corporation in 1969-1970. I have three original crates of NOS M-1 helmets, containing 20 helmets per crate, that were manufactured by the Dana Corporation via contract number DSA-100-70-C-0252. This contract indicates the date of manufacture for these helmets as fiscal year 1970 (1 July 1969 to 30 June 1970). The 4 digit heat stamps on these helmets are as follows: 1131, 1141, 1142, 1154, 4414, 6751, 6850, 7291, 7301, 7302, 7311, 7741. Dana h
  12. Check out this eBay ad. The seller states, "Excellent condition, but someone trimmed the ends of the camo cover flaps to fit better inside the shell." Now, take a close look at the photos in the ad and note that an orange handled item appears in several of the photos. Hmm, now who could have possibly trimmed the ends of those cover flaps? http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-US-M1-HELMET-SHELL-WITH-MITCHELL-CAMO-COVER-HELMET-BAND-NO-LINER-/381034867842?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58b772ac82#viTabs_0
  13. The "Pac-Man" (crescent shape) is, indeed and in fact, a sure sign that can be used to distinguish a reproduction form an original. The distinctions can be seen at the following link: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/174440-usmc-wwii-3rd-pattern-helmet-cover-wrong-pattern-stitch/
  14. This is NOT Pacman. This one of two shapes that are found on an original USMC helmet cover. Both shapes are clearly distinct from the Pacman that is found on repro covers. The distinction between the three shapes are covered at the following link: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/174440-usmc-wwii-3rd-pattern-helmet-cover-wrong-pattern-stitch/
  15. The helmet assembly and belt set are the perfect example of fake. The helmet sweatband and pistol belt are post-Vietnam, the rubber sweatband on the helmet is not original. The seller is either a patent liar or someone that was duped into believing this lie.
  16. I would strongly advise you to leave it exactly in its as found condition. All damage, scratches, scars, scuffs and rust are part of its history. Why would any sincere collector want to modify that?
  17. Stan Wolcott of Lucky Forward Militaria has a worn out 100% Reproduction USMC WWII Helmet Cover listed as an original on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $299.00. Wolcott, as an experienced dealer and collector in militaria, knows better than to pull this stunt. The cover has the infamous crescent moon, aka PacMan shape sitting front and center in one of the photos. See attached photo from his eBay listing.
  18. I have one of these. It is in pristine, unissued, condition.
  19. Thanks! It is a spot on match with the khaki webbed band you have listed at this link. Regards, G.
  20. Can anyone ID the country that used this style of headband? It appears to be a foreign copy of the US M-1 era WWII sweatband. All 6 of the clips are toothed. There are no stamped markings. This was installed in a Vietnam era US M-1 helmet.
  21. This is my point, Mike. Given the numerous times that the characteristics of fake covers have been pointed out in this forum, it is baffling to me that there are folks, who follow this forum, that point to a listing such as this one and ask: "is this real or fake?" What is obviously needed is a pinned post that covers the distinction between an original cover and the fakes. Then, when someone asks, "is this real or fake", we could simply point them to the pinned post, tell them to compare the characteristics in the cover in question to those that are outlined in the pinned post - and plac
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