"By 1940, US Army research team at Fort Benning, GA under Major Harold G. Sydenham, worked on a new design for a two-piece helmet offering far more protection for the wearer than the M1917A1. The original test item was known as the TS3, and it received a favorable report from the Infantry Board in February 1941.....Cotton cord camouflage netting was frequently attached to the helmet to hold materials (leaves, branches) that help break up its outline. Helmet nets were issued or made in the unit from large camouflage nets. The Army did not have a standard issue helmet net until the M-1944 helmet net which appeared in Europe in December 1944 or January 1945. The USMC camouflage helmet cover, first worn at Tarawa in late 1943, was made of herringbone twill material printed with a reversible green to brown pattern designed for use in tropical environments."
posted on 01/26/2013 8:33:02 AM PST
I grew up with these....my dad’s he brought home... the one I got.....Every time I see the new Kevlars, I get a tinge of all those Nazi helmets I saw in the WWII movies...something just don’t sit right, even though I know they provide better protection...
posted on 01/26/2013 8:37:22 AM PST
posted on 01/26/2013 8:37:37 AM PST
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Is the rough texture to reduce glint?
posted on 01/26/2013 8:45:27 AM PST
Man, those look uncomfortable. I'll take my MICH any day of the week.
How do you boil water in the new hats?
posted on 01/26/2013 10:54:06 AM PST
by M Kehoe
Big Red One helmets, a fine sight. In our final days with the old steel pot before we turned them in and drew our Kevlars, the 16th Infantry scheduled a road march. I had all of the soldiers remove their camouflage covers and we humped with the bare steel pots, probably hadn’t been done in years and made the CSM nervous. No doubt the troops thought I had finally gone around the bend, but it was good to pay tribute to those who had gone before us. We never wore them again.
posted on 01/26/2013 11:39:43 AM PST
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