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  1. Thanks Pat for clearing up. So I was right on my guess that it lost some paint. Yours Blueprint
  2. Lovely! A well worth to see collection. Keep it up! Blueprint
  3. Here are two pictures from my magnifier showing the spot where the brighter white sits underneath the yellowish white. The brighter white is more visible via UV than the yellowish. This may indicate a repaint. But why is it underneath the yellowish white? Any clue? Or may it be that the brighter white hid underneath the older white, thus why it looks more fresh? And the last picture shows good how the two tones of white "meet".
  4. That is also my guess. As the division also had barracks at Aschaffenburg it would be plausible that this helmet came from there.
  5. In the second picture from the insignia, there seems to be a fresher white, not so yellowish as the rest of the white stripes but looking under the magnifier the fresher white is always underneath the older white. There seems to be no sign of a brush or spray at these spots.
  6. Hello fellows! Today I picked this M1 3rd I.D. Helmet up near Aschaffenburg, Germany. It is in a nice relic condition: salty and rusty, the interior almost falling apart. It's a fixed bail front seam shell but the liner is a post war (1955+) Westinghouse liner, without the insignia eyelet and with the postwar Westinghouse mould-in mark. The 3rd I.D. insignias are still well visible and to me authentic. The paint is cracking, rust is coming through and overall it pretty much looks homogeneous to me. The seller got it off a scrapyard a few years ago, hence why the liner is pretty rugged up and the shell as well. He was glad that I could explain to him what he had in his collection and so we made a deal. Enjoy! Greetings Blueprint
  7. I thought that it was repainted at one point the old layer still visible.
  8. Hello guys! What are your opinions on this M1 helmet with two 3 ID Insignias? Rust stains are under the insignia as well some cracks in the paint. Greetings Blueprint
  9. Pieter Oostermans Book is excellent! Great detailed pictures and they are always shown after somewhat about the helmet was explained. I learned a lot out of it. Blueprint
  10. Hello fellows! This is a huge coincidence: As I recently purchased a used book by S.E. Ambrose titled "Nothing like it in the world", via Ebay, I was stunned to see tho whom it belonged. On the inner book page, there was a little sticker, telling to whom it belonged. In this case to "LTC Charles C. Berkely, Jr.". After seeing it I thought to myself: google him! And as I did I was very surprised. His obituary states that he was born in 1907. He fought with the 2nd bataillon , 24th Marines on Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. After the war he commaned four AAA battailons in the U.S, Korea and Japan. Unable to meet the criteria to complete 20 years active duty by age 55, he applied for and received the non-commission rank of Sergeant First Class and enlisted in the Regular Army being promoted to Master Sergeant shortly thereafter. He served as an Operation Sergeant in Germany with a Field Artillery Battalion and the 32nd AAA Brigade. His decorations include four Bronze Star Medals, three with Combat "V", the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal with three bars. The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four battle stars. The Korean Campaign Medal with three battle stars, two Presidential Unit Citations, the Navy Unit Citation, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. How a little book opened a new story is very interesting. I know that this is not quite militaria, but I wanted you to hear this too! Quite interesting how a small sticker can carry such a story within. May he rest in peace! Greetings Blueprint
  11. Mine, salty and used. As I like em, just as you all do! Great helmets shown btw!
  12. What about these two: https://www.lux-military-antiques.com/en/p/usm1-helmet-101st-ab-327th-glider-infantry-regiment-.htm https://www.lux-military-antiques.com/en/p/usm1-helmet-101st-ab-327th-glider-infantry-regiment-1st-bn-1.htm Popped up today on their website. One goes for 9850€ and the other for 13500€. Legit? Could only upload one picture as I’m currently on work...
  13. Yes. Mostly all Marines wore the green side out except for some major battles like Iwo or Tarawa were most Marines can be seen with the beach side out. But as most Marines were individuals the wore their cover as they liked. Concerning your question for re-enactments, the green side out should work fine. I uploaded a good color photo for your interest.
  14. A good sun stained green side out.
  15. These are some awesome helmets! Love the character and that it all fits together making it a beautiful look. Congrats!
  16. Beautiful netted 1st Lt. helmet with swivel bails and heavily worn! Merry Christmas.
  17. WWII enlistment is gaining results from AAD. It is just easier to search. Unfortunately there is no Database for officers for free. I dont know where to look for officers. You could ask other members here on the forum. But maybe should you ask for him in the Individual Search forum. Blueprint
  18. WWII Enlistment doesnt show officers. So if you search for an officer who did wrote his laundry number like enlisted men, they doesnt show up there.
  19. The EGA indicates post WWII. Im not a fan of the stitching pattern on both the beach and jungle side on this one. Blueprint
  20. If I rightly recall the seller mentioned that it came from an collector who had let go some of his items after 60 years. In all of his helmets where tags, you can see it on one of Deans pictures, which describes the helmet. Maybe there is more information on the origin of the helmet. Since the seller is first, reputable, and second, that it came from a old collector, I hardly doubt that the helmet was artificially aged on that scale in the past century... To me it looks good and lets please wait until more detailed pictures are given to investigate it. Blueprint
  21. Congratulation Dean! A beautiful helmet! I saw this one too but seems that you were faster! Hopefully theres a name in it to give it a story.
  22. The heat stamp is a governmental post WW2 one.
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