WW2 M-1938 US TANK COMMANDER HELMET W/T RADIO KIT

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WW2 M-1938 US TANK COMMANDER HELMET W/T RADIO
(This is the same helmet worn by Brad Pitt in the movie FURY and rarely comes with it's original radio kit still in place and untouched)

Well here finally is a direct from the vet WW2 helmet that I actually know a little something about the man who bravely wore it into battle. It was recently sold to me by an estate lawyer out of KC-MO who decided to sell of his father's entire vet bring back to help his grand children with their college funds. Included in the collection included a holy grail M35 ET66 Waffen SS DD helmet which 90% decals which I fairly compensated him for then quickly resold using the small profit to enable myself to keep the remainder of the collection together. I really wish that collectors would prefer buying entire vet bring back collections to keep it all together. However, there seems to be a natural tendency for these collections to be broken apart over time and pieced out individually to complete more specific buyer demands. A published author and guru of the hobby once told me to "just get over it" and that collections can't be kept together forever.

In any event here is the son's initial communication:
“My father, deceased, Carl Numrich was a WWII Army veteran serving with the 11th Armored Division. We have an ammo box of items including a dual decal SS helmet in very good condition both inside and out, a number of daggers, flag, what appears to be motorcycle goggles with original box with clear and tinted lenses. We are interested to selling these either as a group or individually. I would appreciate your feedback. I have attached photos in two emails.”

Conversational Notes via Telephone
His father Carl Numrich started out in 11th Armored and was a Sgt. in the 3rd Army fought in Battle of the Bulge in Oct/Nov. of 1944. Then went south to liberate the Mauthausen concentration camp.  Received the bronze star while in the tank battalion then was in charge of procuring supplies and making sure the tanks kept running his son told me.  He had some disturbing photos of the concentration camp in his home but never spoke to his son about what he had seen.  His son Bob told me that his father “ had had his fill of the war” and so didn’t like to talk about it.  Sometimes he remembers that fellow WW2 vets in his town would get together and talk about it but only ever amongst themselves.

$700

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-Background History and Development-
During WWII the small cramped fighting conditions inside a tank conditions coupled with the jarring movements of the machine demanded a special type of head protection. The United Stated developed a special American Tanker helmet that was light weight, provided cushioning without the clanging of steel on steel, but could be used with goggle and headphones. Development & Design of the WWII Tanker Helmet M-1938
Two basic tanker helmet designs had been in use through the mid 1930's. One of these had been developed by the Infantry, and the other one by the Cavalry. The basic purpose of both helmets in tank applications was to offer the tanker some protection from frequent bumps against the tank's interior. However, it was becoming increasingly apparent that neither of these helmets offered optimal protection as tanks were becoming faster, more agile, and more compact. In addition, the continued use of two different helmets added unnecessary cost and complexity within the Army supply chain.

In 1938, the Ordnance Board initiated design work that would set a single standard for a new and improved tank helmet. The Board tested the two existing military varieties, along with several commercial models. Based on their tests, the Ordnance Board decided that the Cavalry helmet provided the best design foundation, and successfully encouraged the Rawlings Manufacturing Company to optimize the design. Rawlings was an obvious choice, since they were the premier manufacturer of football helmets at that time.

A three-person design team at Rawlings headed up this project, and on 1 May 1941 they filed a patent for what was simply called a "Tank Helmet." Much later, this style of tank helmet was designated "M-1938" in reference to the year of the initiation of the project. This alpha-numeric designator does not commonly appear in wartime documentation.

As stated in the patent application, the primary design objectives of the Tank Helmet were to provide:

- An efficient, light-weight protective helmet that is comfortable, snug-fitting, and well ventilated.

- A protective helmet that can be removed and installed quickly and without the necessity of manipulating or adjusting a chin strap, or equivalent device.

- A helmet that is equipped with a means of novel construction for holding ear phones in proper position and in comfortable relationship with the user's ears.

Note that ballistic protection was not part of the original design criteria, apparently because it was felt that this would slow the availability of a helmet that at least offered enhanced bump protection.

As expected, the new Rawlings helmet resembled a football helmet in its design and construction. The outer crown and rear neck guard shells were constructed of a durable fiber resin, similar to the earlier tank helmets. The interior of the helmet featured a suspension system consisting of felt pads, leather pad retainers, and waxed cotton cords. This suspension system held the helmet in proper position on the wearer's head and absorbed much of the shock when a bump was encountered.

The most distinctive new feature of the M-1938 tanker helmet relative to the previous versions was the leather ear flap assembly. The ear flap extended well below the wearers ear and contained an ingenious flexible housing for retaining the ear phones in their proper position. The ear phones fit into a slot in the leather flap, and a thin leather fastening piece snapped over the ear phone to hold it in place. This leather fastening piece could be adjusted forward or backward via three metal snap fasteners to position the ear phone directly over the users ears. A curved leather-covered metal spring arm extended downward from the helmets fiber shell and exerted tension on the ear phone to hold the ear flap assembly snugly against the users ear. The spring arm was mounted on a swivel to allow it to be placed in a variety of positions, depending upon the users needs and accessory equipment.

The ear flaps were also secured in place on the lower edges by an elasticized strap that connected through the rear fiber neck guard to fasteners at the bottom of each ear flap. The ear flaps fit snugly but comfortably, and without the use of chin straps, the helmet could be put on or taken off very easily.

M-1938 tank helmets were introduced to the Armored Corps in 1941, even though the patent was not technically accepted until 12 May 1942. Manufacturing rights were granted to Rawlings Manufacturing Corporation, Sears Saddlery Company, Wilson Athletic Goods Manufacturing Company, and A.G. Spaulding & Brothers. Though essentially built to the same specifications, there were slight variations across the four manufacturers in terms of small details.

Tank helmets were issued as part of a tank's onboard equipment, and were not issued to individual tankers. According to the 1942 War Department Technical Manual TM 9-731A, all M4 and M4A1 Sherman tanks came equipped with five helmets -- sizes 7, 7 1/8, 7 1/4, 7 3/8, and 7 1/2. The M5 Stuart Light Tank came equipped with four tank helmets for its four crew members, although the 1943 Technical Manual TM 9-732 does not specify the exact sizes that were supplied with each light tank.

Please call, text or email me if interested in purchasing.

Shipping to Anywhere USA with full tracking numbers: $15
Shipping to Anywhere Canada with full tracking numbers: $20
International Shipping with full tracking numbers: $60 to Europe/Australia

Tel/Text: 1-438-502-5052
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