Big Red here with a question from "J.T."...
So, TAKE FIVE!
"Big Red, what's the deal with those WWII camo liners?"
Interesting question J.T.,
The Army Ordnance Department had just recently requested the Quartermaster (QMC) take over responsibility for helmet liner production so they could concentrate on helmet issues. At this time the Quartermaster was pretty deep into enhancing the camouflage attributes of all army gear under their supervision. Someone came up with the idea to paint patterns on the liner as an attempt to help it blend in better in jungle environments.
The QMC issued formal contracts to Westinghouse from 1942 - 1944 to paint camouflage patterns on liners. Westinghouse devised a series of stencils they used to spray various greens and brown over the existing olive drab green which created a uniform looking jungle pattern.
Liners were taken out of existing finished stock at Westinghouse which allowed this pattern to be painted on liners of varying inside components and outside original paint finishes. QMC records indicate that Westinghouse modified around 854,225 liners.
In March of 1944 the QMC came to the conclusion that nets were the best solution to camouflage the M1 helmet and ordered one be specifically designed for use with it. With this decision all contracts for special painted liners were cancelled. The QMC referred to these modified liners as the M-1 helmet liner "Jungle Troop"
And J.T., if your friends want to know how you gained your intel, tell em
Big Red Says!
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