U.S. M1 FIX BAILS W/2 STARS RANK
Here you are THE M1 HELMET of the Second World War. This M1 fixed bails M1 is in absolutely mint condition. As the two stars rank indicate this belonged to a general. Its condition shows that it was never worn by the high officer. There are no scratches on the shell, no stains on the liner and the paint is near perfect. I believe this helmet was well preserved in a closet since it was issued. The front stars look soldered to the shell with a very delicate work since it doesn't show burnt spots outside and inside there is only a very slight discoloration in a single spot, indeed barely visible. The run production number is 53 C, so its production is dating around september/october 1941. In a way this is actually a rare example of pre-war M1 since US was still neutral at that time.The liner itself is a second pattern cardboard Hawley, rare to find in such a perfect unissued condition. The rank was stamped on the liner too indicating that this helmet was issued specifically for that officer. Unluckily I don't know the name of the general. If you like to see the battlefield look on a helmet, well, this is not a case, but if you are looking for the best example of M1, the definitive one to put in your museum-like collection, this is it, with a General rank as a bonus.