The M1 Helmet is a steel helmet of American origin.[1][2][3]


The M1 helmet consists of two main pieces, the helmet liner and helmet shell. The helmet weighed on average 3 pounds, with slight weight variations for helmets produced at different time periods and by different companies.[4][5]

The metal shell could be removed and used as a bucket, shovel, or even as a cooking pot.[4][6]

Helmet Liner Edit

The earliest version of the M1 helmet has a liner made of compressed cardboard and white rayon webbing. They were made by the Hawley Company.[7]

The low-pressure liner quickly replaced the cardboard liner due to problems with durability. Low-pressure liners were produced by the Hood Rubber Company and St Clair Rubber Company until Nov, 1942. They were made of a rubber composite and cotton webbing.[7]

High-pressure liners were the final design revision. They were made of a wood composite and cotton webbing, later the webbing was switched to nylon. Manufacturers of the liner include: Hood Rubber Company, Capac Manufacturing Corps, Westinghouse Elec Company, Firestone Tire Company, St Clair Rubber Company, International Molded Plastics Company, Seaman Paper Company, Mine Safety Appliances, and Inland Manufacturing Division.[7]

Helmet Shell Edit

The M1 helmet shell is made of manganese steel. Early helmet shells have a stainless steel rim with the seam in the front. In 1944 the rim was changed to the same manganese steel as the helmet and the seam was moved to the rear.[8]

Helmet shells were made by the Schlueter Manufacturing Company and McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company.

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The M1 helmet is most famous for its use by U.S. forces, from 1941-1985, during World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam. Many other nations also utilized the M1 helmet. These helmets were supplied by the United States, made under license, or just copied.[4]



In popular cultureEdit




Red Alert Worn by most of the infantry units 1996
Red Alert 2 Worn by the GI and Guardian GI units 2000
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Worn by US soldiers 2002
Rise of Nations Worn by the Infantry and Marine Infantry units 2003
Call of Duty Worn by US soldiers 2003
Call of Duty 2 Worn by US soldiers 2005
Call of Duty 3 Worn by US soldiers 2006
Call of Duty: World at War Worn by US soldiers 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops Worn by US marines 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops Worn with Mitchell pattern cover and helmet band by US marines 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Worn by the US soldiers simulations in the mission Demon Within and part of the Call of Duty outfit in multiplayer 2015
Call of Duty: WWII Worn by US soldiers in the campaign and part of various outfits in multiplayer 2017
Battlefield V Worn by US soldiers in The Last Tiger war story and part of various outfits in multiplayer 2018
Far Cry 6 Seen in cinematic 2021


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