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This helmet is one of the rather rare "rigger" modified M1's used by paratroopers of the 517th PIR in Southern France during the summer of 1944 for Operation Dragoon. This particular camouflage helmet came to me from a longtime airborne collector in France in 2002. In this hobby we cannot "buy the story" but in this item's case I believe it must be shared. It was sold to me in slightly worse shape than it is now, being covered in the original many years old muck it had acquired from building it was laying in in the Fayence, France area. Take or leave the story. Anyways, I painstakingly cleaned it to the condition you see now.
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