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American WW2 paratrooper helmet.
This is the M2 version which was the first pattern para jump helmet which has fixed D shaped bales.
The M2 para helmet was used in Normandy on the D-Day landings by the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne Divisions.
These are fantastic early WW2 replica airborne jump helmets, first we sort through our high pressure helmet liners for the best ones (see item AL031 which are post war Belgium helmet liners made the same as the US war time ones) we then recondition the liner by re-spraying the outer in the correct colour green paint, fix in two press studs on the sides for the canvas chinstrap to snap into, replace the inner head band with a new replica khaki OD#3 one fix a set of paratrooper A frames and leather chin cup.
We then move onto the shell where we remove the later swivel bales (bales are the bars that the chinstrap is fixed to) and weld on the "D" shaped bales, again we re-spray the outer to the correct colour put a join/cut in the front of the edging trim to make it look like a war time front seam helmet, then we sew on the correct paratrooper chinstrap which has chrome snaps on the ends (these are what snap into the press studs we fix into the liner which keeps the liner and shell together),
The WW2 M2 Airborne Paratrooper Jump Helmet Features:
These are post war helmets converted to look like the American WW2 airborne M2 helmets.
The individual price of all the items to make the paratrooper helmet (before you even start any work on the conversion) is £159.00 the individual bits are helmet, high pressure helmet liner, D bales, leather liner chinstrap, inner headband, M2 paratrooper canvas chinstrap, chinstrap press studs for liner, canvas A frames, leather chin-cup and paint.
We then have to do all the manual work of converting, so if you want to do all the work yourself you can save yourself £40.00 by just buying all the bits and converting it yourself.
These are converted from post war helmets.