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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Clothing Accessories
Clothing and Accessories
Men's Clothing
Headwear
Uniforms
World War II ➔ Military Helmet

Identifier:
119974
Description:
This combat helmet, also known as the M1 helmet is from the United States Army of the United States Armed Forces. It was worn during World War II and is made of steel. It has a separate liner that contains the suspension system. 

The M1 helmet was a steel combat helmet designed by Major Harold G. Sydenham in 1941 and replaced the popular Brodie helmet of World War I. It was nicknamed the steel pot due to its metal shell and it had an inner hardhat-like liner that contained the suspension system that allowed the wearer to adjust the helmet. The M1 was used until 1985 when it was replaced by the PASGT helmet.  

Today, the military uses the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH). It features a Kevlar shell that provides better protection from shrapnel, shell fragments, and bullets. The ACH also covers the ears and back of the neck better. Because of advancements in medical research, the inside boasts a shock-absorbing liner designed to prevent brain injury. The entire headwear weighs 2.4 pounds and has several advanced extras. The helmet’s front opening allows sunglasses and goggles to be worn for safety from the weather. Devices ranging from video cameras to night vision goggles can also be attached.


 
Date:
1941 – 1945
Materials:
Steel, Leather
Dimensions:
7"" h 8"" w 8"" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Source:
Gift Of Gaylord C. Gill
Exhibits/Programs
Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020)
Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.
Makers/Donors
Gill, Gaylord C.

United States Army
The United States Army is a service branch of the United States Armed Forces that specializes in ground-based offensive and defensive warfare. The mission of the United States Army is to fight and win our Nation's wars,  by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders.The United States Army we know today has roots that can be traced back to the Continental Army which was formed in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War. After the War, The Congress of the Confederation officially created the United States Army in 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The United States Army is the largest military branch of the armed forces in which participates in disputes worldwide today through preserving peace and security and providing for the defense of the United States.
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