Item Id: OM24033

WWII US M1 Helmet Swivel Bale Shell and Liner with Painted ESB Engineer Special Brigade Emblem and Net


The 6th Special Engineer Brigade was formed from HHC, 1116th Engineer Combat Group on 15 May 1944 in England. The brigade took part in the invasion of Normandy (Omaha Beach) and remained there until Christmas Eve 1944. The 6th ESB moved to France on New Year’s Day 1945 and remained there until redeployed to the USA on 14 July 1945. The brigade arrived in the USA on 23 July 1945 and was inactivated at Camp Gordon Johnston on October 20 of that year.


Fixed bale non ferrous metal shell. The shell retains most of its rough-textured olive drab paint to the exterior with some expected wear to its stainless steel rim. Original, war time hand painted 6th special enginner brigade insignia to the front in golden/yellow on blue background. To the reverse with white painted bar for officer rank. The liner was manufactured in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvannia. This “high pressure” manufactured M-1 helmet liner is identified by an embossed “MSA” in the crown. “Mine Safety Appliance” started M-1 helmet liner delivery to the US Army in September 1942. They produced approximately between 2,000,000 – 4,000,000 M-1 helmet liners and discontinued producton around August 17, 1945 when the war ended. The liner is complete and comes with its original leather chin strap. The liner is also hand painted the same way as the helmet. The liner shows real wear all over and is in good still used condition. The helmet comes with a original helmet net. The net match the helmet perfectly and shows signs of real use with a couple of smaller holes.


Don’t miss out on this combat used helmet, rare to find with 6th special engineer painting and also complete with helmet net!!