WWII US Army Restored Original M2 Paratrooper Airborne Helmet D Bale Shell and Liner with 506th PIR 2nd Battalion Emblem and Officer Leadership Stripe
WWII US Army Restored Original M2 Paratrooper Airborne Helmet D Bale Shell and Liner with 506th PIR 2nd Battalion Emblem with Officer Leadership Stripe
For the most authentic museum quality restored original M2 D bale paratrooper helmet and liner for sale – look no further!
This is a totally restored original US WWII M1 helmet, liner with accessories that has been converted to represent the rare M2 paratrooper model worn by the US Army airborne units during WWII. This M2 helmet conversion has been conducted with painstaking detail, such as the use of United Carr marked hardware on the liner nape strap and, more importantly, the use of actual shuttle loomed 20/2 mercerized yarn olive drab #3 chinstrap, A strap and HBT suspension webbing. All of which were made on the only functional original WWII era shuttle looms in existence.
At Top Pots, we are not "reproducing" WWII webbing... we are actually remaking it... on three WWII era Saurer Shuttle Loomswith the original cams!
So, if you are looking for a US WWII D ring helmet with the most authentic Type II Mil-Spec 530 11 row weave chain-pattern, A yoke and Herring Bone Twill suspension webbing, this is your helmet. This particular helmet represents the earlier model, which would have been used in combat operations such as the D Day jump into Normandy. This is simply the best WWII M2 helmet for re-enactors, air-soft clubs and collectors made exclusively by Top Pots.
This restored and converted original WWII M2 helmet is complete for sale as shown and includes the following
Original WWII era M2 helmet shell (FRONT SEAM… CONVERTED TO AN M2)
US M1 helmet liner (with frontal insignia hole and converted to airborne specifications)
Olive drab #3 HBT suspension (made from our genuine WWII era US Shuttle Looms)
Upper suspension (with WWII era maker’s mark stamp)
Internal airborne chinstrap snaps
A washers and rivets
Inland or Westinghouse style A straps (your choice)
Back strap (with correct Scovil hardware)
Nape strap (with United Carr hardware and WWII era QM stamp)
Sweatband / Headband with six clips (with WWII era QM stamp)
Leather liner chinstrap (with WWII era maker’s mark stamp and set with United Carr marked hardware)
Paratrooper chinstraps (early war buckle with j hook attachment)
This is the finest restored US WWII M2 helmet available and would make a fine addition to any film production, collection, costume, display, re-enactment impression or special gift. For more information about further customization, difference between Grade I and Grade II liners and production / delivery times please visit our Helmet Production page.
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Just a quick note to say we are in the final stages of importing what may be one of the last large caches of original US WWII M1 helmets and liners (full cargo container full). To say this, along with being forced to run every strand of yarn on the three 80 year old original shuttle looms we had, has been a distraction the past 18 months, is putting it mildly, but we pulled it off.
All current custom helmet and clothing orders are being processed and will be updated as they go out the door.
More info, pics and video on the import and the final helmet webbing production will be posted over the next few months. At the moment we gotta get caught up on helmets... and make space!