Big Red here with a question from Quinton McStink,
So, TAKE FIVE!
"Big Red, I was wondering are the chin straps on my helmet attached to bails, bales or loops?"
Well Quint, wonder no more.
Documentation that has survived from the Ordnance Department, manufacturing facilities and reports from Army Arsenals varied at times with nomenclature but the most common reference is "loops". The first M1 helmets produced had small half rectangular shaped loops made from wire which were spot welded or "fixed" in place to either side of the helmet body. The first modified M1 helmets for use by Paratroopers had "C" shaped loops attached in the same way. Later all M1 helmets spot welded a rectangular loop held inside a metal hinge to either side so it could swivel which was referred to as a flexible chinstrap loop.
Collectors often fall into slang descriptions like "Fixed Bale" "D Bail or "Swivel Bail" -- bale and bail being interchanged depending on their computer's auto correct feature.
Regarding bales and bails, a bale is a collection of something held together by straps or bands like a bale of hay whereas a bucket or pail is carried around by its bail. My advice, stick with loops Quint and leave the bales to Old McDonald and his farm as well as the bails to Dear Liza's bucket, which she can't fetch water in because her lazy good for nothing Husband Henry wouldn't patch the hole in its bottom.
And Quint, if your friends want to know how you gained your intel, tell em
Big Red Says!
FIVE'S OVER - MOVE OUT!