Wartime Shortages of Brass and the M1 Helmet

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Interesting fact about the M-1 helmet's chin strap,

In 1942 the United States began to experience a shortage of metals like copper and brass. These shortages continued into 1943 and affected all aspects of life in the U.S., the most notable being the Lincoln head penny.

The shortages were due to the quick build up of wartime manufacturing and the need for these metals in the making of ammunition and military equipment.

How was the M-1 helmet affected?

Well, the M-1 helmet's chin strap assembly was supposed to have hardware made from brass coated with mildew inhibitor but for this short period of time the buckle, hook release and flat end clip were made from steel painted black.





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