Tanker Winter Combat Helmet, Cloth

Helmet, Combat, Winter
Helmet, Combat, Winter.
Photo courtesy Debbie Smardo.

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World War II Armored Forces: Tanker Winter Combat Helmet, Cloth

The "Helmet, Combat, Winter" was developed in 1941 as part of the winter uniform for armored forces that included the Winter Combat Jacket and Overalls as well as the specialized crash helmet for tankers. This helmet was cloth and intended to give protection to the tanker against the cold while being able to be worn under the crash helmet.

The helmet was lined with additional fabric to increase warmth. The first pattern was blanket material (like the jacket and trousers) while the second was soft cotton twill. The QMC pattern number was PQD 25, February 10, 1941 for first pattern and PQD 25A, March 27, 1942 for the second. Stock numbers 73-H-64405 to 73-H-64425 covered the size range. [See Lewis, P34 or Enjames, P129].

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M-4 Sherman Tank, 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, December 1944
M-4 Sherman Tank, 101st Airborne Division, Bastogne, Belgium, December 1944.

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