Sunday, September 8, 2013

USMC M1 Helmet with Hawley Liner

This helmet consists of an early M1 Steel helmet with fixed bales, early Hawley M1 fiber liner, and what is commonly called a type I USMC camo helmet cover.


The cover has had two slits cut for better fit and this feature is found on most issued covers:


One of several features to look for on an original cover is chain stitching on the beach side:


Further disassembly of the helmet at this time would likely risk damaging the very fragile original liner:


Camouflage helmet covers began being used with the U.S. Marines in combat following the battle of Guadalcanal.   Here's this combination in use during 1943:


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