Identified WWII 12th Armored Division Rear Seam Swivel Bale M-1 Combat Helmet with Painted Insignia
The exterior olive drab paint is approximately 90% intact. The finish of the painted surface is smooth, and paint drips can be seen in the finish that reflect the fact that the helmet was re-painted while it was in use. This paint was not applied to the entire helmet, however, and there is an area around the base of the entire helmet exterior, approximately 1/2 inch wide, where the original cork infused paint can be seen. There is a circular indentation in the dome of the helmet that is approximately 1 1/2 inch in diameter. The left rear of the helmet shows several light cracks, the longest being approximately 1 inch long. Each side of the helmet displays the hand painted insignia of the 12th Armored Division. The interior of the helmet shell carries two different laundry stamps. There is no visible or discernible heat stamp in the front interior of the helmet. The liner is a Westinghouse model with tortoiseshell patterned interior. The helmet liner nape strap has visible nomenclature and the liner chinstrap remains attached. Tied to the helmet bale is a cardboard name tag from the 2nd anniversary reunion of the 134th Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion. The tag bears a handwritten name that appears to be “Edward C. Greulich”. The 134th Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion was a component of the 12th Armored Division in World War II.