EXPERIMENTAL N°2 "DEEP SALADE"
Entering WW1 United States provisionally adopted the British MK-I as standard helmet for American troops. The need for a distinctive national helmet, that offered also better protection, lead to the study of some experimental helmets, produced in very limited quantities and seldomly field-tested. About 2000 “Deep salade” were produced by Ford Motor Company in 1918. The shell was designed to offer good protection to the wearer. Only one size was created. The weight is 1,1 kg. Its original non-reflective olive green paint is still 100% present. The liner system is modelled on the German M17: 3 wide leather pads with pockets for cushions attached to a metal ring fixed to the shell by 3 rivets. The chinstrap is the woven type with a retaining hook that will be used on the later M1917A1 helmet. There are some rare photographs and short films as evidence of the use of this helmet on the field during the war. This model was approved by the commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force, but then discarded because its shape was too similar to the German helmets.