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The Mystery Helmet. Ver 2.
Can you identify this helmet?
The picture below came off ebay, the vender did not know anything about the origins of the helmet.
Note the distinctive tuck in the lower cheek area of the helmet.
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It has taken several years for someone to be able to identify this helmet. But in September 2003 I received the following email:
In Area 1, Section 9 there was a request for information on an old AFV helmet. This helmet is either a Rawlings or MacGregor ( should be marked on liner or on rear of shell ) commercial American football helmet which was converted by the Army for use as a combat vehicle crew helmet. This was rather commonly done in the 50's and early 60's because the new T-56-6 which was supposed to be issued in 1956 did not receive final approval and actual issuance until 1961. The older World War II helmets ( 1938 Pattern ) would not accommodate newer headphone receivers so a variety of expedients were used by various armored command until the T-56-6 was available in sufficient numbers. Among these were a West German model which was designed but not used by the Bundeswehr, converted USAF P1A and P1B flight helmets, as well as commercial football helmets made by Spalding.
Hope this information helps, if I can provide more please feel free to ask.
Best regards, Larry, Williamsburg, VA, USA.
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