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Modified Paratrooper Helmet with Mess Kit Loops


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I picked this helmet up a dozen years ago from a local dealer. I think I gave $20 for it back then. This appears to be one of the modified helmets put together by Airborne command to find a replacement for the M2 with its fragile D-bales. You can clearly see on my helmet where the original bales were. The added swivel loops came from mess kits. Between this helmet and the other two examples Ive seen that still have chinstraps, all three have the same setup. OD standard type straps that are attached with thick light colored thread stitched in a Z pattern. Despite straining my eyes to no end I cannot discern a heat lot stamp. It has every appearance of an early production helmet based on profile and stress cracks.

 

Thoughts?

Looking for anything relating to the 78th US Naval Construction Battalion during WWII and the 26th Inf. Regt. 1st Inf. Div. during WWII

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never seen bales like that riveted on.

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