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    Quick Helps:  World War II Combat Helmet Types - Air Vents

Separately inserted air vents are a common characteristic of M1935 combat helmets.  The stamped (sometimes referred to as embossed) air vents on the M1940 and M1942 helmets were created to save the additional work and materials associated with inserting the M1935 style air vent into the helmet shell.  The M1935 style air vent also had a habit of separating from the helmet shell during hard impact thus becoming a projectile itself.  Many stamped air vents vary in their overall shape and look.

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The Hollow Rivet Air Vent on the M1935 Helmet The Stamped Air Vent on the M1940 and M1942 Helmets
   
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