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I posted one of my "Diary" helmets in another thread, but decided to start a thread for members to post their examples of "Diary" helmets from WWII.

 

I'll start with my two diary helmets, an example from the ETO and another from the PTO

 

Here is my previously posted ETO example that is ID'd to a GI from Florida:

 

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  • 7 years later...

Reviving this old thread with another addition to my collection. This helmet is identified to the Coast Guardsman who wore it.


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I've never heard them referred to as Diary Helmets but I think I'll use that from now on 😁. When I think of the cliche "if only the helmet could talk" I think this is the closest they'll ever come. Helmets like these are one of my favorites. 

 

I've seen that helmet posted before and it's definitely one that you don't forget about! Here's mine from a North Africa vet. I've got a bit of info on the vet and plan on reaching out to the family soon to see if there's more to his story.

 

- Alec

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Alec,

 

I agree, this is as close as a helmet can come to actually saying “this is where I’ve been and what I’ve done.” Thanks for sharing your example, it’s a very nice one!

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2 hours ago, fight said:

I've never heard them referred to as Diary Helmets but I think I'll use that from now on 😁. When I think of the cliche "if only the helmet could talk" I think this is the closest they'll ever come. Helmets like these are one of my favorites. 

 

I've seen that helmet posted before and it's definitely one that you don't forget about! Here's mine from a North Africa vet. I've got a bit of info on the vet and plan on reaching out to the family soon to see if there's more to his story.

 

- Alec

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i was wondering where this one went, it is awesome

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my 10th Engineer lid has a nice little combat chronicle on the rear of the liner. Africa, Sicly(misspelled), and Italy

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Gijoe1987
22 hours ago, B24AT6 said:

Reviving this old thread with another addition to my collection. This helmet is identified to the Coast Guardsman who wore it.


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That is hands down the coolest coast guard helmet I have ever seen!

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1 hour ago, Gijoe1987 said:

That is hands down the coolest coast guard helmet I have ever seen!


Thanks! It’s a highlight in my collection, and one of the best helmets I’ve managed to find out of the woodwork.

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ww2collector1944
On 10/12/2021 at 7:52 PM, fight said:

I've never heard them referred to as Diary Helmets but I think I'll use that from now on 😁. When I think of the cliche "if only the helmet could talk" I think this is the closest they'll ever come. Helmets like these are one of my favorites. 

 

I've seen that helmet posted before and it's definitely one that you don't forget about! Here's mine from a North Africa vet. I've got a bit of info on the vet and plan on reaching out to the family soon to see if there's more to his story.

 

- Alec

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On 10/12/2021 at 7:52 PM, fight said:

I've never heard them referred to as Diary Helmets but I think I'll use that from now on 😁. When I think of the cliche "if only the helmet could talk" I think this is the closest they'll ever come. Helmets like these are one of my favorites. 

 

I've seen that helmet posted before and it's definitely one that you don't forget about! Here's mine from a North Africa vet. I've got a bit of info on the vet and plan on reaching out to the family soon to see if there's more to his story.

 

- Alec

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Alec, I saw this helmet for sale on ebay a couple months ago. It was posted by Goodwill if I remember correctly. I really wanted to bid on it but had some other priorities financially at the time. This M1 helmet is incredible, by far one of the coolest ones ive seen in awhile. I think the vet was from Illinois if I remember correctly. Really glad you were able to find some of the info of the veteran. Enjoy the helmet, its a top shelf piece! 

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