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American Helmets

Post by Helmut » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:38 pm

Servus,
When during WWII did the US Armed Forces switch form the "Doughboy" helmet to the "Steel Pot?"
Frompictures I have seen, i woud gather the time frame to be between June'42 and August '42 but when was the fielding date?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: American Helmets

Post by phylo_roadking » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:48 pm

Helmut, I've been looking around the Net (IIRC I asked this same question a couple of years ago!) The date seems to be July 1942....

http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/ww2/dating_m1.htm

But try either of these for more precise information

Arnold, Chris. Steel Pots: The History of America's Steel Helmets. 1997. ISBN 0912-138-70X.
Reynosa, Mark A. The M-1 Helmet: A History of the US M-1 Helmet in WWII. 1996. ISBN 0-7643-0074-1
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Re: American Helmets

Post by Helmut » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:44 am

phylo,
Thanks. That's just what I was looking for.
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Re: American Helmets

Post by WT » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:05 am

The Army M1 helmet was standardized on 30 April 1941 and was approved on 9 June 1941.

During the period from August 1941 to August 1945, 22,363,015 M1 helmets were produced.

Source: US Army Medical Corps "Wound Ballistics"
http://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs ... pter11.htm

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Re: American Helmets

Post by Helmut » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:54 am

But obviously waasn't fielded until 1942.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: American Helmets

Post by Wayne Kegel » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:43 pm

Helmut wrote:But obviously waasn't fielded until 1942.

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Helmut
Helmut,
This one is easy,As a X Marine,This helmet was development for
the Marine Corps in 1942.
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Re: American Helmets

Post by Helmut » Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:39 pm

Thanks, Wayne

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Re: American Helmets

Post by Carl W Schwamberger » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:45 pm

My father went on active service (from ROTC) in june 1941. He told us the flat helmets were being replaced in the training schools then (Army Air Forces), & when he joined his squadron in January or Febuary 1942 the squadron equipment included round helmets. My guess is the distribution was not accomplished is a single event.

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Re: American Helmets

Post by Rodger Herbst » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:47 pm

My divsion was shipped out in April of '42, a few days before we went aboad they took our old helmets and issued the new style, the liners were made of some kind of material that didn't last very long, then we got the new type liner, i don't remember the date but the original liners were crap.

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