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  1. The cumulative column indicates that production started in January 1945, which agrees with another document I have. The total of 392,000 on this chart and the document below indicates that all M1-C helmets were manufactured in 1945.
  2. I have a few with modifications made to the liners for comfort. Newspaper stuffed behind the oilcloth, cloth in the top and one with the crown of a campaign hat sewn into the liner.
  3. I used to have an M1 with red squares that belonged to a soldier in the 594th Joint Assault Signal Company.
  4. It's a British-made shell, which was updated with the m1917a1 liner prior to 1937.
  5. The 145th Field Artillery used a similar design with 145 stenciled over crossed red cannons.
  6. It's actually an 1889 pattern helmet, which has a slightly different brim shape than the 1880 pattern. These are some of my favorite US helmets, and I've never seen one marked as a subcontract piece to Ridabock. Very cool.
  7. The C has been associated with the 341st for some time, specifically as it relates to Colorado being the home state of many of its members. It's not as well known that Arizona doughboys used the letter A instead.
  8. 142nd Infantry Regiment. (Probably would have helped if you mentioned the 36th ID insignia on the other side of the helmet.)
  9. I don't remember where I read this, but the companies that returned to the US on the USS Von Steuben painted and stenciled their helmets aboard ship. The companies that weren't on the Von Steuben may have painted theirs in different styles.
  10. I found one Hattel in the Navy, and he was on LCI(L) 608.
  11. I'm saying that it's wildly overpriced, even if real.
  12. Lead paint is no guarantee. I would not have this helmet in my collection at 1/3 of the asking price. There's a name on the strap. Knowing what it is might be instructive.
  13. I would expect the insignia to have this level of detail, and I've never seen one as crude as the one in the OP. It could be real, but I'd hold out for a nicer one, since these are typically some of the most well-executed WWI painted helmets.
  14. It's 101st Field Artillery, and that is indeed eastern Massachusetts. I don't particularly care for it. The vast majority of originals I've seen have been executed with far better detail. This one looks like a Native American and a half-eaten porkchop.
  15. I can't find him in the rosters in History of the Twenty-ninth Division, "Blue and gray," 1917-1919 or Virginia Military Organizations in the World War.
  16. Infantry and MG units were usually broken up and went for replacements. The more specialized units, like Artillery, Engineers and medical were often left intact and assigned at the Corps and Army level.
  17. It wasn't uncommon for units to transfer between Corps or Armies. I ran across something showing the 339th Ambulance Co. attached to the 6th Corps at some point.
  18. It's identified as Texas A&M here http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/314599-texas-a-m-college-cap-badge/ and in a few other places. No idea on age though.
  19. It only covers fixed-loop helmets though.
  20. There were 1,535 made and all but 3 went immediately into storage.
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