The M1 steel helmet used by US troops in WW2 is a long way from the modern MICH helmet used by the military. The M1 didn’t even offer the protection of the back of the neck as the German helmet did. One reason US helmets eventually mimicked them. But how much protection did the M1 give ? Maybe a little from rocks and some shrapnel from artillery. The hilarious and constantly grumpy owner of At The Front decided to do a informal test using German small arms to find out.
He fired at a USGI Steel M1 helmet from 50 meters.
Well. Probably good thing the War Department didn’t show any GIs a test like this before they sent them to Europe. I doubt anyone is surprised by these results.
It’s possible he just wanted an excuse to show off some of his collection of Class III German small arms.
They make and sell some really cool stuff. US and German reproduction WW2 clothes and gear with some original stuff as it turns up. I have bought stuff from them for over 20 years. Check them out sometime. www.atthefront.com