The paratrooper had two different helmets, the most famous and the most rare is the M2 helmet.
Please note that all have a Chin and a different liner of the liner from the infantry ... You do not catch if you wanted to buy one, a lot of copies or bidouilles exist.
The M2 helmet is distinguished by legs of fixation of heavy helmet in circle. It is manufactured in part of the summer 1942 and used especially in Normandy (50% of M2 and 50% of 1 M1C type). The heavy helmet this helmet chinstrap closes on the liner system of pressures. Thus it is much more supportive in the lightweight helmet than any helmet.
The M2 helmet liner is characterized him by the addition of a mentoniere hung by a strap forming A reverse, hanging with the rivets of maintains the Interior leather. Thus the helmet was only lucky to fall in the jump.
Here are the photos of this helmet (photographic Sources): IM, the collector guide ):
On the internal photos of the liner (bottom right), it is possible to see female pressure characteristic of the paratrooper liner. On the chin strap leather visible in photos of the top, they will be replaced fairly quickly, as soon as the summer 1944, by a Chin much more practical canvas.
The M1C helmet 1 type is identical to the M2 helmet with respect to the liner. It is at the level of the heavy helmet there is difference. Indeed, while the M2 helmet jugular fasteners are in circle, those of the M1C 1 type are fixed (as in the) heavy infantry helmet (until 1943). This helmet will be used jointly in Normandy with the M2 helmet.
The 2nd type M1C helmet is exactly the same type as the M1C 1 type, except there still attachment lugs which are mobile... It will be adopted in the fall of 1943, but distributed mass after the Normandy landings. If you see helmets paras with mobile attachment, you will know that it will not then used the Day J !
Here are the photos of these helmets (photographic Sources): IM, the collector guide ):