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A friend is looking to buy this helmet in a grouping. Robert Briggs in the 78 Division was a Sgt then 1st Sgt busted back to Sgt then 1st again in 1918. Discharged to be commissioned as 2nd Lt & discharged 1920.

 

Unit was demobilized mid 1919 & remoblized mid 1921. So did he still wear old unit patches for part of a year?

 

Why would helmet have split pins & not rivets? Wouldn't British stock be out by that time?

 

Also paint on helmet looks off. Seems to be touched up above lightning bolt.

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

(From Wikipedia)

 

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Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 78th Division

 

Organized 23 August 1917 at Camp Dix, New Jersey

 

Demobilized 9 July 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey

 

Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters, 78th Division

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Great grouping. I don't think it is out the ordinary for him to keep his helmet that he was first issued. Nice patched Overseas cap too.


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The helmet looks OK to me. There isn't anything unusual about it being a Mk. I, since back then a helmet was a helmet and the US was still purchasing them from the British as late as 1919.

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