Original U.S. WWI 29th Division Painted British Brodie Pattern Helmet- Complete
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of a genuine WWI 29th Infantry Division Marked Helmet. The helmet itself is a scarce British MkI Brodie, which were issued to some units of the U.S Armed Forces by their ally, Britain. The helmet features its original British paint and is complete with original liner and unbroken chinstrap.
The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads D/F 93. The liner is in beautiful condition, and is secured inside the shell. The chinstrap is intact and unbroken, and retains its original unoiled russett color. The liner is marked size 7 .
This is a wonderful example of a genuine US issued and worn Great War helmet!
The 29th Division During WWI:
The 29th Division was first constituted on paper on 18 July 1917, three months after the American entry into World War I, in the U.S. Army National Guard. Troops came from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. As the division was composed of men from states that had units that fought for both the North and South during the American Civil War, it was nicknamed the "Blue and Gray" division, after the blue uniforms of the Union and the gray uniforms of the Confederate armies. The division was organized as a unit on 25 August 1917 at Camp McClellan, Alabama.In January 1918, the Delaware units were relieved from assignment to the division.
The division departed for the Western Front in June 1918 to join the American Expeditionary Force (AEF).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 11 November 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.
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