How do I Install an Army M1 Helmet Cover?

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How do I Install an Army M1 Helmet Cover?
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The Army's M1 Helmet went into production in 1951. Its design first figured prominently into the Korean War, when most units began to adopt the green leaf and brown cloud patterns. It wasn't until later when soldiers began wearing the Mitchell pattern camouflage covers over the M1's olive green colour shell. During the Vietnam War, the M1 became standard issue for all soldiers and Marines. Several versions were put into production, including one for infantrymen, as well as a helmet for parachutists.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Undo the helmet's chinstrap as you hold it right way up on a stable surface with one hand. Stretch the cover over your helmet with the other hand, and slide on the scrim band over the cover. Push the band all the way down to the base of the helmet to firmly secure the cover. The wings should rest on either side of the chinstraps.

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    Finish stretching the cover over the helmet, with the band in place, then turn the helmet upside down.

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    Fold the cover's wings inside the helmet, followed by helmet liner to keep the cover from coming loose and slipping off the helmet. The liner's neckband fittings should be near the back of the helmet. Try the helmet on to make sure it fits snugly.

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