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WWII M1 Helmets Reimported from India?

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Howdy,

Stopped in a home furniture and decoration "salvage" store today and picked up what appear to be three US M1 helmets. Two fixed bail and one rear seam swivel. They are loaded with paint layers and corrosion so I'm not having much luck seeing the heat stamps.

The majority of the things in the store are from Asia and these had stickers indicating they were from India. They were amongst stacks of similar condition (well used) British Turtle helmets and some of the M1 profiled fiberglas helmets used by the Indian Army.

My question to you all is this-are these US surplus that the Indian Army got a hold of or are they Indian made?

Thanks in advance!

 

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Likely US surplus sold after the war, there were tons of countries that the US sold surplus to over the years. Looks like 2 decent fixed bails


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Really gave it to them as we did not want to pay to ship this stuff home. :unsure:



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Thanks for the replies.

I was able to make out numbers 628 (8/1943) on one, and 247C (8/1942) on the other. I would not bet more than a Coke on those being exact, but that was with raking light and a pretty good magnifying glass. Dates from the Ghost Treaders Museum online database.

Any other thoughts/input appreciated!

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I bet they were sold as surplus. Very cool find!


Always interested in WW2 or Korean War helmets and uniforms from the 3rd infantry division.

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Any clue about what that triangle on the center one might be as well as the blue paint around the rims of both the helmets on the outside?

 

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Any clue about what that triangle on the center one might be as well as the blue paint around the rims of both the helmets on the outside?

 

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Not at present. I'm contemplating trying paint removal for the first time to find out. My imagination went wild for a moment and I saw a blue Navy D-Day paint job hiding in there! However, when I remembered that the rear-seam swivel looped one also had blue paint on the rim better sense kicked in. Probably an Indian unit marking, but I have had no luck chasing that on the internet. Still, in there current condition I don't think an attempt at removing some paint would hurt.

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