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WWII 505 PIR Rigger Modified Paratrooper Helmet Liner
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The helmet liner for a World War II M1 combat helmet was modified to become a liner for the M1C airborne paratrooper helmet. The liner is manufacturer marked by the Seaman Paper Company. The liner was modified in two ways: First, with the addition of the female snaps on each side to receive the web strap on the M1C steel helmet shells, those straps helping to keep the shell and liner sets together during a parachute jump. Second, the olive drab web "A" straps were separately riveted to each side of the interior. The "A" straps remain present, but the web chin strap that would have been buckled to them is now gone. The liner has attached to it an old and quite dirty tag on which can still be read the writing of "Salvage H-2 505 AIR", indicating that this liner had been used by the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. The exterior olive drab paint is approximately 50% intact. The interior liner straps show wear and use.