Billings Army Navy Surplus only carries genuine military surplus of both current issue and historical collectibles. Our cold weather clothing and boots outfit savvy hunters and oil field workers every winter. Our huge selection of authentic WWII military clothing, field gear, and other collectibles are frequented by collectors and historical re-enactors. Army tents and other surplus outdoor gear are favored by campers and outfitters. Whether you're a history buff or just love the outdoors, we're sure to have something to meet your needs! We’ve been in Downtown Billings for over 35 years!
The M1942 design was a result of wartime demands. The rolled edge on the shell was eliminated, creating an unfinished edge along the rim. This edge slightly flared out, along the base of the skirt. The elimination of the rolled edge expedited the manufacturing process and reduced the amount of metal used in each helmet. Shell paint colors were typically matte grey-green (Heer) or grey-blue (Luftwaffe), and the decals were eliminated in 1943 to speed up production and reduce the helmet's combat visibility. Greater manufacturing flaws were also observed in M1942 helmets made late in the war. 
At the same time, a similar helmet (of dark blue cloth over cork and incorporating a bronze spike) had been proposed for use in non-tropical areas. The British Army formally adopted this headgear, which they called the "Home Service Helmet", in 1878 (leading to the retirement of the shako ). Most British line infantry (with the exception of fusiliers regiments) wore the helmet until 1902, when khaki Service Dress was introduced. It was also worn by engineers , artillery (with ball rather than spike) and various administrative and other corps (again with ball rather than spike). The cloth of the helmet was generally dark blue in colour, but a green version was worn by light infantry regiments and grey by several volunteer units.