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Offline Mark K

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US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« on: June 19, 2017, 06:20:04 AM »
Another fairly new addition to the collection was this US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet there was thought to be approx 100,000 manufactured by wars end.. The metal on the interior and exterior of the helmet body was covered with a very fine short fuzzy flocking which is very reminiscent of peach fuzz... This was applied to help prevent the bare steel from sticking to exposed skin well flying at high altitudes do to the extreme cold...

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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 02:11:14 PM »
I have a minty one of these and also an M5. The "foxing" on your shell is typical. I've found that some collectors are "leery" about the chinstrap attachment clips because they are just like the type used on M1s in the 60s and 70s...but of course their basic design dates from the 40s.
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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 05:25:23 PM »
Hi Tom I have no problem what so ever with the chinstrap clips being mid to late WW II on the M 5

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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 05:25:39 PM »
And as to the flocking IMO as soon as they were issued and started to see any kind of usage it would have rubbed off and disappeared rather quickly...
 
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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 03:20:48 AM »
Agreed. My point about the chinstrap clips was prompted by a guy whom I stood alongside at a dealer's table at a show. He had an M5 in his hand...near mint...but decided not to buy it because he wasn't sure of the authenticity of the clips...assuming that they were modern replacements. He put it down and walked away...so I bought it!!
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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 11:20:18 AM »
Agreed. My point about the chinstrap clips was prompted by a guy whom I stood alongside at a dealer's table at a show. He had an M5 in his hand...near mint...but decided not to buy it because he wasn't sure of the authenticity of the clips...assuming that they were modern replacements. He put it down and walked away...so I bought it!!

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Re: US M 5 Anti Flak Helmet
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 01:32:37 PM »
Mark,

Very nice looking helmet. I like the patina..

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