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US WWII Paratrooper Helmets

The American Airborne troops used the same M-1 helmet as the rest of the Army (and Marine Corps). However, the liner and chinstraps were modified to prevent them from separating during parachute jumps. These were known as the M2 and M-1C helmets. The first paratroopers used the M-2 (a.k.a. "D-bale"). These had a modified, D-shaped wire for the chin strap on the shell. This was found to be susceptible to breakage, so it was switched in favor of the swivel bale design in late 1943.
The M2 was by far the most common paratrooper helmet on D-Day, but the M-1C began to replace it late in the War.
Original WWII Paratrooper helmets are rare and very expensive today.


ATF US Paratrooper Helmets
All of our helmets are refurbished. We start with military surplus shells and liners, which are repainted and textured as necessary. New, WWII pattern chinstraps are added to the shell, and then we convert the liners to airborne configuration with new A-yokes and chin cups. "WWII Parts" liners are completely re-webbed and all inside components replaced with new, top quality reproductions. Reproduction liners are plastic reproductions from China and are all new.
Postwar parts liners are postwar Belgian, that look almost identical to US WWII, and we add our own high quality sweatbands, chinstraps, yokes and chincups. There are crystal clear photos of each in the item descriptions.

US Paratrooper Helmet Configurations
We are offer three levels of US WWII helmets. "Reproduction", "Postwar Parts", and "WWII Parts". Externally, all appear identical. However, for purists, the economy and postwar parts helmets are not 100% correct for WWII.


All Helmets are military surplus! Some small dings or cracks are likely.


Reproduction Helmets

Shell: Postwar (rear seam)

Liner:
plastic reproduction, reproduction parts.
Postwar Parts Helmets

Shell: Postwar (rear seam)

Liner:
Postwar Belgian, looks like WWII.
Khaki suspension, ATF parts.
WWII Parts Helmets

Shell: WWII, front seam

Liner:
Original WWII Westinghouse, restored
to Jump Helmet configuration. ATF parts.




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