This original World War Two M2 D Bale Paratrooper helmet came from a Company G, 506 PIR, 101st Airborne Division Veteran. The Veteran received this helmet during WW2, after his previous helmet had been shot off his head by a German soldier. He wore that helmet, with the bullet hole still in it, for awhile but was later forced to turn it in and replace it with this helmet and liner, because his First Sergeant deemed a helmet with a bullet hole as unsafe.
The M2 helmet is referred to by collectors by many several names today. In addition to M2 and D Bale, you will hear it also referred to as a C Loop or D Bail. They are a highly desired piece of militaria today. Since they are in high demand and are fairly hard to find, they are one of the most heavily faked and/or recreated items of US WWII militaria today.
This M2 D Bale helmet exhibits all of the classic features you like to see in an original D Bale. It has a low heat stamp number, the male snaps that snap into the liner are chromed, and it additionally has the little single indentations on the rim of the helmet, in between the bales, that these original helmets often have. Also, the size, shape, and construction of the bales, and the feet of the bales, is correct. The liner is a WWII correct Westinghouse paratrooper liner and was in the helmet when it was purchased from the Veteran.
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