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Camo Helmet Schleuter Late War


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silverado

I recently picked this one up.  It is a late WWII production helmet with a post war possibly navy markings on the liner.

 

Inside the shell is scratched “Combat Brown”.  I enhanced it with my iPhone so that it is easier to read.

 

The exterior has what I would call a “Lime Green” paint, and there are remnants of yellow paint and a darker green paint on it too.

 

I have seen pictures of pacific used helmets that are similar and just wanted some other opinions and thoughts about the helmet.

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elh1311

The liner and sweatband are post-WWII and I reckon that the leather chinstrap is as well. It's a unique looking helmet for sure. 

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TheGoose

I would consider it to be a post war used set, but still awesome looking!  Not too many camo M1s out there from any time period.

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dmar836

It always seamed to me that these types of camo jobs in period photos were in the vesicant detector paint. This is based on photos of units and/in locations just after the invasion. Also based on much talk around M-1s that were survivors/accurate fakes.

Were other units documented as having used this pattern of camo using standard available paints?

Helmet has a great look to it for sure.

Dave

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bigschuss
On 5/10/2022 at 9:23 AM, TheGoose said:

 Not too many camo M1s out there from any time period.

 

Getting more and more common every day.  

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silverado
2 hours ago, dmar836 said:

It always seamed to me that these types of camo jobs in period photos were in the vesicant detector paint. This is based on photos of units and/in locations just after the invasion. Also based on much talk around M-1s that were survivors/accurate fakes.

Were other units documented as having used this pattern of camo using standard available paints?

Helmet has a great look to it for sure.

Dave

I think the 81st infantry had this style of camo, and I think some units on Okinawa had similar camo helmets.

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TheGoose
2 hours ago, bigschuss said:

 

Getting more and more common every day.  

If you're referring to forgeries, then yes camo M1s are getting more common!

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bigschuss
16 hours ago, TheGoose said:

If you're referring to forgeries, then yes camo M1s are getting more common!

 

I am.  👍

 

They seem to be self-replicating out of the woodwork.  Especially medic helmets these days.  Lots of medic helmets popping up.    

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