For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U. The M1 helmet is extremely popular with militaria collectors, and helmets from the World War II period are generally more valuable than later models.
His helmet has a camouflage cover with additional natural camouflage added on the slots in the helmet's cover. The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.
The shell was also used as a cooking pot but the practice was discouraged, as it would make the metal alloy brittle. The outer part is shaped to fit snugly into the steel shell.
The various elements of the suspension system are riveted, later clipped, inside it.
This swivel feature was adopted in 1943 to address the problem that when earlier helmets were dropped, the loops were more susceptible to breaking off.
Early paratrooper shells feature fixed, D-shaped loops.
If the chinstrap were worn, the head would be snapped back, causing the victim to lose balance, and leave the throat and stomach exposed to a knife thrust.
Secondly, many men incorrectly believed that a nearby exploding bomb or artillery shell could cause the chinstrap to snap their neck when the helmet was caught in its concussive force, although a replacement buckle, the T-1 pressure-release buckle, was manufactured that allowed the chinstrap to release automatically should this occur.
Those with (original) rare or unusual markings or some kind of documented history tend to be more expensive.
This is particularly true of paratroopers' helmets, which are variants known as the M1C Helmet and M2 Helmet.
A second US production run of approximately one million helmets was made in 1966–1967.