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Alright guys, here is yet another medic lid from my last haul. Two panels and yellow circles on the sides. Does anyone have any idea what these signify? A very similar helmet can be found in the book "M1 Helmets of WWII" ( ccmax and Theorywolf's book). The one in the book is described as being a 101'st AB lid id' to a 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion Vet. I cannot confirm or deny this claim. Can anyone expand on this idea or have any other suggestions. The helmet in the book is about 19 pages from the back.

 

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Very nice and similar to the one in the book. I'd have to ask the owner of that helmet where he obtained his since I don't remember it anymore, but if I am not mistaken he found it in a DRGM among a pile of various other M1's.


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Very nice and similar to the one in the book. I'd have to ask the owner of that helmet where he obtained his since I don't remember it anymore, but if I am not mistaken he found it in a DRGM among a pile of various other M1's.

 

 

This came out of the John Coy collection/museum.John is no longer with us.Hard to say where he obtained this one from.Like the others there is no record or tags detailing where/who/how it was obtained.

 

Great Helmet.I had this in hand for a personal look.

 

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The helmet from Cesar's book that you speak of, was from the Gary Underhill collection. I almost bought that one from Gary and have kicked myself throughly in the backside many times for passing it up. However, Gary is currently on deployment in Afghanistan so we have no way of asking him now where he got it from. I remember at the time that he was sure that is was an Airborne lid.

 

Gary is a contributor on the Trigger Time Forum and actually does Airborne reenactment jumps so, I have no reason to question his determination of that helmet being AB. Yours looks very much like that one. Since Cesar has it in his book, maybe he could post a copy of that helmet for comparison. I don't want to violate any copyrights on his book but, he can give the OK for it.


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Several years back I had a fixed bail marked like this one without the medics insignia - The painted balls did appear to be vessicant paint but I was never 100% positive, painted with a stencil as this one also appears to be. I was never convinced it was truly an airborne piece so I sold it .

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The photos I got from Gary are in another computer, so if you give me some time I will post them. The one in this thread is in better condition. It also shows difference between the paint of the medic panels and the round insignia on the sides.

 

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Steve, after seeing Mr. Underhill's 101st helmet and seeing the striking resemblances of yours, I think you have a pretty outstanding chance of having his helmets twin. It is pretty hard not to believe yours is a Airbone medics helmet after seeing Mr. Underhill's. You should post it on Trigger Time and see what some of the airborne collectors on there think. Might very well be worth your time.

 

 

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im probably being a bit dim here but if this is an airborne helmet i cant seem to see the extra tabs to fix it to the liner or have i gone blind :blink: :think:


 

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im probably being a bit dim here but if this is an airborne helmet i cant seem to see the extra tabs to fix it to the liner or have i gone blind :blink: :think:

Airborne Glider Infantry Regiment's did not have the M-2 or M-1C's. Also, many AB groups came in on boats on D-Day. Many others were replacements whose only jumps consisted of Tail-gate jumps. Again, many of these never got AB lids.


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The yellow paint has me baffled, the airborne used white as far as I know or have seen?......beach maybe.... :think: ....mike


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