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is there a difference between a M1 Helmet Shell and a M1-C paratrooper Shell


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hey

i was just wondering if you guys knew if there was a difference between The WWII M1 Infantry helmet shell and the M1-C Paratrooper Helmet shell? because i am trying to create my own M1-C helmet and i was going to buy the M1 Helmet shell and an M1-C shell. (is the only difference the chinstrap on the back, (the paratrooper strap is longer)). if you can helmet that would be really great. thanks.

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greendevilsix

I am not an expert on helmets by any means but I do know is that a WWII combat helmet worn by everyone except paratroopers has the rim of the helmet comes together in the back. Paratrooper helmets have the seam come together in the front. The reason which seems logical to me because I am of the paratrooper variety for our nation is that when jumping, you do not want any sharp edges anywhere near your static line. If the seam comes loose, which they can, its better to have the sharp part in front rather than the back. I hope this helps.

 

Jim

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I am not an expert on helmets by any means but I do know is that a WWII combat helmet worn by everyone except paratroopers has the rim of the helmet comes together in the back.

 

Well, this is not correct: "front seam" M1 helmets were used by all US forces till october 1944. Since that date, the seam was moved to the back. And, to answer the original question, the M1 and M1C shell is the same, but the paratroopers chinstrap is different in that it has an extra strap that attaches by means of a male press button to a female button inside the special paratroopers' liner (so that the shell/liner complex is more firm).

The earlier M2 paratrooper helmet also had particular "D" fixed bales, while regular M1s have rectangular bales (fixed, and later - after 1943 - swivel type).

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Well, this is not correct: "front seam" M1 helmets were used by all US forces till october 1944. Since that date, the seam was moved to the back. And, to answer the original question, the M1 and M1C shell is the same, but the paratroopers chinstrap is different in that it has an extra strap that attaches by means of a male press button to a female button inside the special paratroopers' liner (so that the shell/liner complex is more firm).

The earlier M2 paratrooper helmet also had particular "D" fixed bales, while regular M1s have rectangular bales (fixed, and later - after 1943 - swivel type).

 

 

So, in essence, a M1 shell should be compatible with a M1-C liner as long as i get a longer, paratrooper type, chinstrap?

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So, in essence, a M1 shell should be compatible with a M1-C liner as long as i get a longer, paratrooper type, chinstrap?

 

 

And here is the difference in the straps:

Paratrooper

http://atthefront.com/us_head_CS_M1C.jpg

http://atthefront.com/us_head_m1c_506_ww2_inside.jpg

 

regular

http://atthefront.com/us_head_CS_M1.jpg

http://atthefront.com/us_head_M1FB_bale.jpg

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Lots of paratroopers also wore standard infantry M1 shells with regular chinstraps over airborne liners.

 

Greetz ;)

 

David

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Lots of paratroopers also wore standard infantry M1 shells with regular chinstraps over airborne liners.

 

Greetz ;)

 

David

 

yup! I just created this jump helmet with a repro leather chin cup, I call this creation my

 

"BATTLE of DIEN BIEN PHU" helmet

 

:lol:

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