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WW1 Helmet Trivia:

Following the end of hostilities in WW1, US Soldiers and Marines were allowed to bring one uniform item home as a souvenier....Most, obviously chose to keep their helmets. As a result, Numerous "little shops" began popping up in nearly every town or city that specialized ( for a fee) in "souvenier painting" and adding "realistic battle damage" to the GI's helmets. This "battle damage" was administered by nothing more than a few errant blows form a ball peen hammer or a glancing pistol shot. The majority of all painted WW1 helmets were done post-war, and one can probably safely assume that any battle damaged or dented helmet was also done post war by GI's wanting to embellish on heroic deeds, and impress family or girlfriends. The garrishly painted camo helmets we see in collections today were not standard on the battlefield during WW1.

 

This one was definately there. Altho not a painted helmet, it was peppered with shrapnel balls , three went right thru the liner. post-535-1209677127.jpg

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I have only two painted helmets in the collection. Here is one of them- a British Brodie helmet painted with 36th 'Texas' Division insignia.

 

-Chuck

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WWI Aero Squadron items such as insignia, uniforms & my favorite- PHOTOS! Will purchase or work out a possible trade

HIGHLY SOUGHT- Anything related to the AEF Photo Sections or 85th,258th & 278th Aero Squadrons.

To be alone, to have your life in your own hands, to use your own skill, single-handed, against the enemy. It was like the lists of the Middle Ages, the only sphere in modern warfare where a man saw his adversary and faced him in mortal combat, the only sphere where there was still chivalry and honour. If you won, it was your own bravery and skill; if you lost, it was because you had met a better man
-Cecil Lewis


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...and the campaign marking along the side: "Champagny Oct 8th To Oct 29th"

 

Owners initials "MBF" also scratched into the camo finish on back. Helmet came with his 36th patched medic's tunic, also bearing his initials. Trousers too...

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WWI Aero Squadron items such as insignia, uniforms & my favorite- PHOTOS! Will purchase or work out a possible trade

HIGHLY SOUGHT- Anything related to the AEF Photo Sections or 85th,258th & 278th Aero Squadrons.

To be alone, to have your life in your own hands, to use your own skill, single-handed, against the enemy. It was like the lists of the Middle Ages, the only sphere in modern warfare where a man saw his adversary and faced him in mortal combat, the only sphere where there was still chivalry and honour. If you won, it was your own bravery and skill; if you lost, it was because you had met a better man
-Cecil Lewis


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And my 82nd Div helmet which I posted previously in another thread...

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WWI Aero Squadron items such as insignia, uniforms & my favorite- PHOTOS! Will purchase or work out a possible trade

HIGHLY SOUGHT- Anything related to the AEF Photo Sections or 85th,258th & 278th Aero Squadrons.

To be alone, to have your life in your own hands, to use your own skill, single-handed, against the enemy. It was like the lists of the Middle Ages, the only sphere in modern warfare where a man saw his adversary and faced him in mortal combat, the only sphere where there was still chivalry and honour. If you won, it was your own bravery and skill; if you lost, it was because you had met a better man
-Cecil Lewis


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5th Regiment USMC , 2nd Division .

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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36th ID'd to Corporal Walter Kenney. NARA states that he entered the Army April 25, 1917 at Aurora, NE and was Honorably discharged on June 12, 1919 at Camp dodge, IA. Service number: 1419012. Decorations awarded: WWI Victory Medal and Victory Button. Died November 17, 1972.

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Interior markings of Cpl. Kenney's helmet.

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Gents--a simple sample from Battery C 109th Field Artillery Regiment, 28th Infantry Div along with his messkit and cup---a gift from his daughter....

may he rest in well earned peace

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For more information on

"In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923"

"Let's Go! The History of the 29th Infantry Division"

"To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War 1916-1918 Volumes 1 and 2"

"Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces"

"Forgotten Soldiers of WWI: America's Immigrant Doughboys"

"Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War"

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Another 36th Div.

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Gents-- for your viewing pleasure a few helmets: first up from the 82nd Infantry Division---my great-uncle Harold's Helmet (328th Field Hospital)---Harold had been a pharmacist in upstate NY before the war and the Army made him a medic: 3 campaign stars on his WW1 Victory medal:St Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, def sector---after the war he went back to his pharmacy---I remember him from my childhood as a nice man and a real gentleman...I wish I could have asked him why he chose these colors on his helmet---he did a great job of carving the 82nd "AA" logo onto his pipe from the war so I'm guessing these colors meant something.....

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AFB
"When in doubt, Go cyclical"

 

For more information on

"In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923"

"Let's Go! The History of the 29th Infantry Division"

"To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War 1916-1918 Volumes 1 and 2"

"Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces"

"Forgotten Soldiers of WWI: America's Immigrant Doughboys"

"Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War"

go to

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexanderf.barnes

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And here's a strange helmet I picked up 8 or 9 years ago in Richmond Va from a junk store: you can see the 87th ID Acorn painted on the side---what you can't see is that the acorn details are etched and cross hatched into the metal underneath the paint... and if the painting (though darker in real life than it appears in these pictures) isn't the very first appearance of Tiger Stripes than I don't know what is...somebody in the 87th had way too much imagination or time on his hands....if I hadn't got the way I did and had it for so long I would suspect a recent work of art but....

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AFB
"When in doubt, Go cyclical"

 

For more information on

"In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923"

"Let's Go! The History of the 29th Infantry Division"

"To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War 1916-1918 Volumes 1 and 2"

"Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces"

"Forgotten Soldiers of WWI: America's Immigrant Doughboys"

"Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War"

go to

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexanderf.barnes

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And one more for the road---this one is named inside to John Karl, Co D 336th MG BN --- this one has 3 small holes drilled along the rim on each side ---attachment points for face shield?

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AFB
"When in doubt, Go cyclical"

 

For more information on

"In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923"

"Let's Go! The History of the 29th Infantry Division"

"To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War 1916-1918 Volumes 1 and 2"

"Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces"

"Forgotten Soldiers of WWI: America's Immigrant Doughboys"

"Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball During the Great War"

go to

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexanderf.barnes

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Why are the WWI painted helmets painted in non-natural colors? It isn't smart I think?

 

Regards

 

Those that are bright and artistic are post war paint jobs done by the vets for parades or just grins. Just about all of the AEF's helmets were textured muddy brown during the fighting.

 

Unit insignias were painted on in Germany or on the way back home on ship.

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Actively seeking WW1 4th and 5th Brigade USMC helmets and also a named WW2 Raider green blouse.
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Here is a 2nd Division helmet I picked up ,

not the best ,but I like it.

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Next up a 36th Div. helmet I bought from forum member Bugme.

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I just got this one 3 weeks ago. It was found at a local scrap metal yard! Imagine someone turning it in for scrap metal. At that price, they only got about $.25 for it.

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Here's my 89th Division 164th Field Artillary Brigade helmet named to a P.F. Rock and his serial number. I haven't researched this lid yet.

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