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ww2 tankers helmet

Post by novafied » Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:41 am

hi i would like to know if they came with chin straps.i did a search and found a good site that had lots of info about it.it said they did not have them but on a episode of combat they had a tanker crew. their helmets had chin straps like the paratroopers had with the cup style strap on it.i would feel better with it when riding my bike.thanks...bob


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Re: ww2 tankers helmet

Post by AZ Jeff » Wed Jun 29, 2022 3:37 pm

No factory chinstraps on that helmet. I don't suppose they figured an AFV crewmember would ever travel fast enough to worry about losing their helmet... LOL.

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Re: ww2 tankers helmet

Post by novafied » Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:54 am

thanks jeff for the reply. i'm not to concerned about the helmet falling off when riding but if i fall i want it to stay on. i modified a dot half helmet with ww2 netting on it looks like a steel pot helmet.alot safer whem riding on street.

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Re: ww2 tankers helmet

Post by 82ndrecontbp » Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:38 pm

Actually they do have a chinstrap.
Designed after football helmets of the day, there is an elastic green band with snaps on either end.
This strap is most often seen snaked through the back of the helmet, but is in fact a chinstrap.
That said, having seen hundreds of period photos of various US tanker helmets, I have not seen photo any evidence of it being used as a chinstrap except one stateside pre/early war of the (then) new helmet being demo'd.

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Re: ww2 tankers helmet

Post by AZ Jeff » Sun Jul 10, 2022 12:55 pm

I'm curious how the elastic strap in question would be used as a chinstrap? In Armold's Painted Steel he mentions the correct (intended) use of those straps was to secure the left and right ear flaps to the rear skirt of the helmet. As you mentioned, they are more often snapped -- stowed -- across the back of the rear skirt. More significantly, he claims that the Ordnance Board was concerned that a conventional chinstrap would hamper tank crews -- hence the strap-less, "tension" type arrangement discussed above. Prototype photos of the M1938 appear in that section and clearly suggest the expected use of those straps. Perhaps there are other references that illustrate how these straps were used as chinstraps?

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Re: ww2 tankers helmet

Post by 82ndrecontbp » Mon Jul 11, 2022 11:49 am

The ordnance docs clearly refer to it as a chin strap.


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