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  1. This helmet is not part of the group tested in 1926. It's civilian.
  2. There is a mention of the 8th Heavy Artillery Mobile Ordnance Repair Shop in Harvard's Military Record in the World War. It seems that these types of units typically served at the Army level, but I can't find any mention of the 8th at that level. It's possible that the unit was assigned to one of the Base Sections.
  3. The photo is from the collection of a doughboy in the 2nd Motor Mechanics Regiment.
  4. The eagle and flag on the 79th look like they're done with oils, which is not something I've ever seen on a legit painted helmet.
  5. I haven't seen one I really liked yet. That Tank Corps one sure looked like the work of the painter in the UK who sells them as commemorative items.
  6. The burlap covers were made by the 40th Engineers at their shops in Dijon and Nancy. I'll have to look through my stuff at home tonight, but I'm pretty sure there were official orders banning the use of covers, but there's ample photographic evidence to prove their use. Floyd Gibbons also mentions Yankee Division trench raiders wearing burlap covers.
  7. I think post #26 may be shadows from the netting above. I've seen a very similar helmet (maybe the same one?) as post #49 on a doughboy with an 82nd Division patch, so I'd say postwar on that one. There was an Engineer installation in France that manufactured burlap helmet covers. I think the "local artisans" angle is overstated. I know of a number of unit histories and articles in Stars and Stripes that indicate that helmet painting was frequently done by the doughboys themselves.
  8. Posts 78 and 79 are 1st Division helmets, which were painted under orders.
  9. All helmets listed by cart32tfs are fake. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/256994-ega-afixed-helmets-other-helmets-seller-cart32tfs-on-ebay/?hl=afixed
  10. I'm not sure I understand why the bar-tacking is important. The T-1 hook could be retrofitted onto the existing chinstrap without re-sewing it.
  11. The straps are the correct OD-3 shade for a FB, and the (cast?) raised-bar buckle is early too. The T-1 hardware could be added without modifying the existing chinstrap or buckle, so it could have been retrofitted with those parts during the period.
  12. French Foreign Legion. The 1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company (1re CEPML), or 1re Compagnie étrangère parachutiste de mortiers lourds, was an airborne heavy mortar company that briefly existed during the First Indochina War from September 1953 to 31 May 1954.
  13. The diamonds don't typically have letters in them. However, I believe Roland has done additional research on these markings, and now has the 318th Infantry using the square insignia. That would mean you should be looking for a red square with an 'A'.
  14. The weave of the webbing looks French or Belgian to me.
  15. I think it was probably supposed to be 41C and there was a problem with striking it. I've seen things like this on m1917 helmets, where they were struck double, or struck over with a different lot marking, or struck in two completely different locations. 41C would be pretty early on, while they were still working out the kinks of the manufacturing process.
  16. Lancashire Fusiliers, I believe.
  17. Unfortunately, I didn't buy the helmet. It had the small lot number by the front visor, and it was the wrong shape for a WWII P-R. The original finish looked to be the Munsell 10Y 3/3 with silica texture.
  18. The extra spot welds have been present on every WWII Parish-Reading helmet I have seen. However, I did recently come across a 1960s M1 which also had them. I figured it was from the late 60s Parish-Dana contract.
  19. The asbestos is between the wool felt pad and the helmet shell, so if the felt pad is in good shape, there is really nothing to worry about.
  20. I have a copy of History of the Ordnance Repair Shops, Mehun-sur-Yevre, France. The images are pretty low-res, but I can scan them if they're of interest.
  21. The buckles are identical to the ones used on WWII Westinghouse parachutist helmet liners.
  22. It's a Model T Ford, so definitely US.
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