The M1 helmet is a United States Military combat helmet that was standard issue during World War II. It was originally developed in 1941 as a replacement for the M1917 helmet and remained in service through 1985 until its eventual replacement came about in the form of the PASGT (Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops) helmet. Today, the M1 has reached icon status, as its design has inspired helmets used by several foreign armed forces and they are now considered hard-to-find collectibles.
One such foreign helmet inspired by the design of the M1 is a version of the United Nations peacekeeper helmet, which is now available from Keepshooting.com. These blue steel helmets sport the unmistakable design of the M1, but were originally used by German peacekeepers serving with the U.N.
Peacekeeping, which is distinguished from both peacemaking and peace building, is a system of operations undertaken by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations. It is defined as an instrument developed by the U.N. as a way to assist countries torn by conflict to create the conditions necessary for lasting peace. By providing assistance in the form of confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law and providing for economic and social development, U.N. peacekeepers attempt to foster an atmosphere that is conducive to lasting peace.
The Department of Peacekeeping Operations is comprised of military and police personnel as well as civilians, each of whom is often referred to as a Blue Beret due to their blue berets and blue peacekeeper helmets, one of which is available today.
As you would expect, the United Nations peacekeeper helmet is an authentic helmet that was originally issued to German peacekeepers serving in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Though each is believed to have seen issuance, they remain in excellent condition, carrying only minor signs of wear and storage.
Our United Nations peacekeeper helmet is essentially a variant of the M1 helmet that was produced with a blue finish for official use with U.N. peacekeepers. As such, the United Nations peacekeeper helmet features the same unique design as the M1 in that it is two separate helmets that combine to offer a "one-size-fits-all" sizing. The helmet consists of an outer shell, which is constructed from a single piece of non-magnetized steel, and a liner, which is a hardhat-style helmet that contains an adjustable suspension system. As noted, the outer shell has been produced with a blue finish to distinguish it as a piece of peacekeeping equipment.
The inner shell of the United Nations peacekeeper helmet, which is also blue, is the meat and potatoes of the helmet, so to speak. It is a hardhat-style shell that is designed to fit tightly inside of the outer shell and houses an adjustable suspension system that allows the wearer to adjust the sizing of the helmet for a proper fit.
Whether you are looking for a unique collectible that is sure to spice up your collection or you just need a new range target, the United Nations peacekeeper helmet is sure to please on any front. Consider this helmet for:
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