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Pudgy (V)

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  1. Yeah, I can't imagine the dust that would create, especially in the African campaign. I'm sure it was a pain to take them off and on, and the soldiers were more worried about other things. Did you mount your R14 wires on the inside or outside of the helmet?

  2. Thank-you! How can you tell it is from the 30's? I always thought when the anchor is attached to the wing, and there are longitude and latitude lines, it is from WWI. Thank-you for the education.

  3. Ok, so you might be right. Might have been a shared army stencil.

    I was never in the military, and I don't know half of what some of you guys know, so I will throw out theory. I'm guessing the two numbers represent a battalion/regiment combination. Is it possible the letter designates a sector on a beach? That way every soldier knows where he should be by looking at a map. It also gives the opportunity for officers behind the scene to see if things are going to plan. The letter and numbers should be big enough to see through binoculars. Does that sound reasonable?

  4. Thanks Mike, you are right. I always do that. I think you get the idea I was shooting for. The cover is a 1953 dated cover, so I believe that was stamped then, so it wouldn't have been WWII. I don't think this cover as always with this helmet. The helmet is a early WWII helmet with a later war liner stenciled FLD. The tac marks could have possibly been applied to the helmet then or in Korea. The cover I believe was added later because the name Sumner is penciled on the side with different tac markings.

  5. Sorry, I had it tucked into the suspension and I like to display the shell, so I was being lazy. I believe they were possibly used like a leadership stripe simular to the army. So when the Marines storm a beach, they can be sure they were with their designated group. Typically the marines used a three digit code like K31 which stood for K company, 3rd regiment, 1st marine Division. I was guessing the 22 stood for 2nd regiment 2nd marine division, and the 18 stood for 1st regiment 8th marine division. I'm just not sure what the H or S possibly stood for. These are just my thoughts after racking my brain.

  6. Thought I would add this to the mix. This is an early 120 heat stamp fixed bail. Any ideas on what this could be? 2nd regiment, 2nd division? Not sure about the S, don't think that is a company designation. I imagine the FLD is the soldiers initials. I saw an early Hawley liner with simular red stencils and a soldier's full name.


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