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  1. Top line is Rapid Response/Reaction Force, second line is Allah-o-Akbar, bottom is Bamian.
  2. The 1st Engineer Bn insignia includes an anchor. I've seen a couple of helmets with their insignia, but it's a little different than this one. They were one of the units tasked with clearing beach obstacles during the Sicily and Normandy invasions, so it's possible that this is from a unit with similar responsibilities.
  3. Got a source for this other than a FW: Fwd: RE: FW: FW: RE: Fwd: SEND THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS LIBRUL TEACHERS THESE DAYS email? Why wouldn't he take the opportunity to redress the alleged failings of today's education system?
  4. I have a painted M1, and I know it's good because it's a real WWII front seam swivel loop McCord. No need to look at any other details.
  5. I know he's "sweetened" at least one group, so they're worth the sum of the parts IMO.
  6. I think the guy is a little mixed up. He's right that fluorescent paint intended to be viewed under black light wasn't commercially marketed until the 1930s, but the chemicals necessary to make paint glow were known long before that. Zinc sulfide, a white pigment which glows under UV light, was developed by DuPont in the 1870s, and it was a common paint additive during the first half of the 20th Century under the trade name Lithopone. That's just one example. I'm sure there are more.
  7. While many divisions painted helmets under orders and collectors can therefore expect a certain range of variations in painting, I do not believe the 34th Division was among them. Helmets from this division are not common, but the examples I have seen show a very wide variety of designs, so I'm not sure there is such a thing as a "correct" 34th Division helmet.
  8. The battalion's helmets were painted by a member who had been a sign painter in civilian life. His methods ensured that each helmet was nearly identical, and this one doesn't match.
  9. They're uncommon, but not exactly rare. I'd stay away from this particular one though.
  10. If this is an important question to be answered, research at the National Archives or the USMC museum would probably be worthwhile. It's more likely to produce information than looking at pictures on the internet.
  11. Sometimes they're on the side, near one of the chinstrap loops.
  12. Every mention of invasion I could find in the US Code defined it as an act perpetrated by a foreign nation or government. So if North Korea mobilizes its army and drops an airborne Division on Portland, it's an invasion. If a truck full of drunk Canadians celebrating the Jets winning the Stanley Cup blows through a border crossing on their way to a bar in Minot, it's not.
  13. I've never seen a 59th Pioneer Infantry uniform with anything other than a 2nd Army patch.
  14. The missing straps, bent loops, diary paint job, and white interior make me think Mike is onto something with his lamp suggestion.
  15. And when the auction listing expires and ebay removes the images?
  16. The 28th Division chart comes from the 5-volume The Twenty-Eighth Division in the World War. I have heard that the division initially used black keystones on their helmets from Rick Keller.
  17. Quite a few baggage markings wound up as division insignia. The 5th, 28th, 30th, 35th, 37th, 81st and 89th Divisions are examples where this was the case. I think Scott Kraska's article on 26th Division insignia may include some examples from that division.
  18. Here's another one, a garage sale find with no accompanying information.
  19. I'm pretty sure dskjl said somebody he knew found four of them at once. IIRC we've seen the ones marked 27 and 33 before.
  20. I used to buy them for a buck apiece back in the 80s, but my dad's got me beat by a long shot. He got a 6'x4' crate of them for free when one of the local Navy Reserve stations shut down, and that was years before he got an invasion stripe WWII Navy helmet at a yard sale for a buck.
  21. The AEF had a facility for refurbishing helmets salvaged from the battlefield or turned in by returning doughboys before the orders went through allowing them to keep their helmets and gas masks. Dents were pounded out, liners replaced if necessary, and then they got a repaint with the sand finish. I haven't found any evidence of similar programs in the US between the wars. Most of what I have found indicates that helmets were pretty much left alone in the 1920s and only underwent any sort of refinishing was to make them shiny or when they were converted to m1917a1s in the 1930s.
  22. It is a m1917. The rivets look like the ZD style, and it was salvaged and refurbished with the sand paint.
  23. They're not especially rare, but they seem to be pretty overlooked by collectors. There are a lot of interesting variations in the 1934-40 types, before McCord started reproducing the m1917.
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