Jump to content

Early painted M1 helmet


Cote_1918
 Share

Recommended Posts

I thought I should start showing off my collection. Here’s my early production M1 helmet, it has the early hawly liner and khaki chinstrap with fixed nails. The soldier who owned it was in Africa and Italy, the battalion insignia is on there but I don’t remember the number. There is a yellow circle which I assume is a sun. Might I add it’s a McCord manufacture.

FA424120-3EFB-4C87-9E35-F4EFA2C3F7C5.jpeg

16D09A78-B1CA-459F-BF05-61372807E836.jpeg

D03B8A51-BE1A-4F58-902D-601CE2AE2776.jpeg

CA0FE89F-E24D-4F71-97B0-5ADDEEDE42DB.jpeg

40CD8053-0446-478D-904B-D9AB7B067B6F.jpeg

5DA28062-3312-4367-8BD0-EEF8E60F641C.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bill the patch, you are right but that was Pacific Theater only from pictures I’ve seen. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A lot of identical helmets to yours minus the white marking (yellow ball over blue/grey stripe) were actually used by naval construction battalions on DDay. I think your sailor may have been there as well. Here's mine identified to a 146th NCB guy who wore this on Omaha for reference

468299524_IMG_37842.jpg.4e9cce4fbf6912521b7b6da51c8f8eca.jpg

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have done some reading on the 146th CB battalion and turns out they were in Iceland before the invasion. Maybe the bear is in relation to that. I also contacted the See Bee museum to find out if they would happen to know any thing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just a point of reference, the yellow circle was used already in North Africa. It had different meanings in different areas for different events. Yes, it is maddening!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Paddyd00 said:

It’s Top Shelf mate. I think there’s one on ebay going for big bux. Or was recently. Nice one. Centerpiece 

Z

 

Wait, There is another one of these for sale right now? Unusual.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, dmar836 said:

 

Wait, There is another one of these for sale right now? Unusual.

Standby friend. I’ll check 

 

it’s a landing party one with a grey stripe. Not a yellow circle. I dunno rules about posting links and don’t want to blowup someone’s spot who may be bidding. Currently it’s $2900. I’m sure you can find it. I haven’t vetted it fully. Upon first glance looks ok but not interested (or have the scratch for that now. LOL)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I reached out to the SeeBee museum in North Kingstown RI, I went there before and they showed me a room with all documentations and stuff, so I reached out to them as well. They said there isn’t anything on the yellow circle or bear insignia but sent a pdf of where the 146th CB was and certain dates.

1757225620_146NCB.pdf

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...
BEAT_NAVY

 

 

18 hours ago, patches said:

Like So Cote

 

BUMP

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...