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US Vietnam War Army Helmet - The M-1 helmet has been in service of the United States armed forces since the days of WWII. The example shown here was produced in 1972. Some of the highlights of helmets produced during this time period include:

1) Unlike in previous years, no brass was employed in the manufacturing of these helmets.
2) The ends of the flat clip were changed from round to square.
3) The helmet band continued being produced.
4) The strap buckle found on the chin strap was produced from corrosion resistant materials.
5) The helmet color was 10Y Munsell.

The helmet displayed here has an ERDL pattern camouflaged cover. The helmet band was employed to hold miscellaneous items such as oil bottles, ammo clips, etc. As used during the Vietnam war by American ground troops.

Of two piece construction. Where the liner could be separated from the helmet shell.

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  1. FAQ's
  2. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  3. M-1 Helmet anatomy
  4. Stamps and manufacturing markings
  5. Construction materials
  6. Pins, hinges and other
  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing WWII collectibles

Notice the date found inside the liner's tag (October 1972). The chin strap clip is flat and painted black. The helmets of this period continued using sand as an aggregate to the paint, which accounts for their bumpy texture.

All helmet liners and suspension systems were marked in black ink or had a paper tag containing information such as date of manufacturing, manufacturer's name, contract number, etc. Most of the tags in the liners are missing because they were made out of paper, which would wear very easily.

The M-1 Helmet

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This Vietnam War US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII US military collectibles, you can do so by going to our Vietnam War US Military Collectibles Price Guide. Where we cover items from the Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Value $40.00 $55.00 $65.00 $90.00 $110.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B+ A A

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