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I’ve had this helmet in my collection for years, but the one strap always bugged me. It seems so narrow. The stamp is 282A. Anyone have any thoughts? Many thanks!

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It's original; I believe the webbing is early thin type that would fit nicely with the early cast buckles. I have an early production fixed bail with cast buckles that also has the slightly "narrow" webbing, I still remember comparing the thickness with my other fixed bail chinstraps.

 

 In the book "M1 Helmet of the World War II GI", page 28 shows pictures of different web chinstraps and their thickness; they came in all shapes and colours. Also keep in mind that over time chinstraps will swell from moisture, dirt, and heavy usage.

 

Pat

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