WORLD WAR ONE CAMMO PAINTED 29TH DIVISION HELMET

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Item Code: 945-01

American made Model 1917 steel helmet in fair to good condition.

Exterior has very nice complete camouflage paint of light and dark greens, brown and okra with the pattern being divided by black lines. Paint is strong with only minor marks of wear. At front is the blue and gray circle of the US 29th Infantry Division.

Interior of the helmet has a complete oil cloth liner with mesh backing that has come loose from the helmet body. Interior of helmet shows original dark OD paint with some light dirt. Chinstrap system is gone but keepers remain. Blanket lining in crown remains.

The 29th Division departed the United States for the Western Front in June 1918 to join the American Expeditionary Force. The division's advance detachment reached Brest, France on 8 June. In late September, the 29th received orders to join the U.S. First Army's Meuse-Argonne Offensive as part of the French XVII Corps. During its 21 days in combat, the 29th Division advanced seven kilometers, captured 2,148 prisoners, and knocked out over 250 machine guns or artillery pieces. Thirty percent of the division became casualties—170 officers and 5,691 enlisted men were killed or wounded. Shortly thereafter the Armistice with Germany was signed on November 11, 1918, ending hostilities between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. The division returned to the United States in May 1919. It demobilized on 30 May at Camp Dix, New Jersey, though it remained an active National Guard unit.  [ad]

 

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