WORLD WAR ONE CAMMO PAINTED 29TH DIVISION HELMET

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Item Code: 945-02

American made Model 1917 steel helmet in good condition.

Exterior has a wonderful and 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. On the left side panel is the silhouette of an eagle’s head. 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. Interior of helmet shows original dark OD paint with some light dirt and surface rust. Chinstrap system is broken but keepers are still attached. Black string is tied between the two chinstrap keepers for hanging on the wall.

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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