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I was told to post my recent find here for you all to look over and pick apart. Here is what I know about the helmet. The guy that originally had the helmet was supposedly the original owner, sold it to a collector back in the early 70's This collector died last year, but before he did, the guy I picked it up from got to talk to him about it. After his death, the guy I bought it from has been liquidating his collection and this was his main piece. The guy I bought it from was a WWII infantry guy, so he is aware of what this is, but didn't know anything specific about it.

Here is what I know, the one D bail apparently came off and was welded back in place. It is obviously a Inland liner, the chin cup is missing, but from what I gather, most paratroopers dumped it and used the steel pot straps.

I open it up to dissection, tell me what you think of this, any problems, if you need any other pictures, just tell me what you need and I will take. it.

 

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Steve

 

Nice score

 

Can you tell if the snaps that secure the liner are nickle plated ??Do they look like this ;

 

 

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That's first run substitution buckle right? Anyone?

 

Everything looks like it should be: nice early war chin strap fasteners, nice shuttle loom weave, ...

 

No red flags in my eyes. I'm so jealous right now :D:mellow:

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Find of the season...Hawk's "Holy Grail"! :jeal0001:

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That's first run substitution buckle right? Anyone?

 

Everything looks like it should be: nice early war chin strap fasteners, nice shuttle loom weave, ...

 

No red flags in my eyes. I'm so jealous right now :D:mellow:

 

Is there anyone who can tell me the difference in the style buckle shown on this liner and the one I have posted ? And any answer to the above question and what is a " first run substitution buckle " ?

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So different liner manufactures made different liner buckles ? Are there other styles of buckle for airborne liners ?

 

Yes, 3 types of buckles are found on original wwII airborne liners, being:

 

first run substitution type: 5/8" center bar, parkerized finish or equal, malleable iron or steel

second run: same but brass or copper plated

third run: Westinghouse type, baked green enamel finish (to match the webbing).

 

2 first types are found on Hawley, St-Clair and Inland liners (Inland dropped out in '43).

Third type buckles are exclusively found on Westinghouse liners.

 

Cheers

 

PS: post war airborne liner buckles are easily distinguished from wwII buckles as they are brass wire buckles in a smaller size

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  • 4 years later...

This is a discussion thread only. I have removed posts about the sale of this helmet.

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Yeah its a top shelf beauty, is the repaired loop period field repaired or collector repaired?.....mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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I like that this thread popped up again. I can look at M2s all day long.

Crapgame: His name is Kelly. Used to be a Lieutenant, pretty good one too-

until someone gave him orders to attack the wrong hill. Wiped out half a company of GI's...

Somebody had to get the blame so he got picked....

Oddball (Laughing): Oh man, I don't like officers...

Crapgame (Laughing): Neither does he, so relax!

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