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Helmets in Use - WW2 Era Armor and WW2 M1 Steel Helmet


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“Lt. Col. Ward R. Betz, head of the 100th Infantry Division Chemical Warfare Section and Sgt. William C. French, inspect a new type German flamethrower captured by the 398th Infantry Regiment. It is simple, efficient, and easy to manufacturer. It is operated by single lever on barrel. Ignition is accomplished by the firing of a blank cartridge. Chemical Warfare Section, 100th Infantry Division, 7th Army. Butten Area, France. March 1, 1945. Photographed by T/5 Francis E. Lane, 163rd Signal Photographic Company”: (from menofthe100th web page)

 

Lt.Col Betz wearing Camo painted helmet with rank, jump boots and a 45 in shoulder holster.

 

 

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Liberation of La Haye-du-Puits Normandy - July 1944

LIFE Magazine Archives - Ralph Morse Photographer

 

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8th infantry division patch seen. Medics bag and suspenders used for a pillow

 

 

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Liberation of La Haye-du-Puits Normandy - July 1944

LIFE Magazine Archives - Ralph Morse Photographer

 

 

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German Prisoners in La Haye-du-Puits Normandy - July 1944

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US General Hugh J. Gaffey near La Haye-du-Puits Normandy - July 1944

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Is there another talk on these, these helmets with the Red 13 on a Yellow square in Italy? Troops examine a destroyed Marder of the 71st Infantry Division's 171st Anti Tank Battalion May 1944 .

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The GI's "steel pot" had many uses, apart from protecting his head!

Here, a GI of the 8th "Golden Arrow" Infantry Division is using his M1's shell to bathe his foot....good foot-care was a must for all infantrymen.

Photographed during the US Army's advance towards Avranches, Normandy - July 1944.

Original Caption by the late Ian Phillips

LIFE Magazine Archives - Ralph Morse Photographer

 

 

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On 7/15/2022 at 9:25 PM, patches said:

Is there another talk on these, these helmets with the Red 13 on a Yellow square in Italy? Troops examine a destroyed Marder of the 71st Infantry Division's 171st Anti Tank Battalion May 1944 .

 

 

I remember those helmets, a couple of originals popped up on eBay some time ago, I know some forum members own some of them.

 

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A tanker and his tank, wearing the helmet to boot. Taken somewhere in the Pacific theatre.

 

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Francis Currey in the Ardennes Forest when he was a Private or Private First Class, 120th Inf 30th Inf Div, wearing what looks to be a cut up vehicle net on his pot, you all know who Francis Currey is right!

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6 hours ago, patches said:

Francis Currey in the Ardennes Forest when he was a Private or Private First Class, 120th Inf 30th Inf Div, wearing what looks to be a cut up vehicle net on his pot, you all know who Francis Currey is right!

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Sure do.  Met him at a reunion and got him to sign the MOH GI Joe likeness of him….got a picture of him doing it too.  My treasure.

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2nd Lieutenant Rita G Hall and several Army nurses behind her wave farewell at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, August 1944. South Pacific Theater.

 

 

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US Marine with his dog during the Battle of Guam - July 1944

LIFE Magazine Archives - W. Eugene Smith Photographer

 

Note dog tags have the silencers on them. Helmet chin strap has the rivet securing it to the helmet

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German Prisoner taken during the advance to Coutances Normandy - July 1944

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Medic attending wounded German prisoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Ordnance Corps Branch marked steel helmet on I guess an officer, Alsace late Fall of 1944, as he's talking to Maj Gen Roderick R. Allen commander of the 12th Armored Division, then perhaps he is in the 134th Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion of this division, maybe even it's commander whoever he was then.

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US MP cleans a captured German G41(W) rifle at the crossroads in Étienville France - July 1944

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Liberation of Miniac-Morvan in Brittany France - August 4, 1944

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9 hours ago, doyler said:

Liberation of Miniac-Morvan in Brittany France - August 4, 1944

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Interesting picture.  Any story behind it?

Mikie

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