Original U.S. WWI 29th Infantry Division M1917 Camouflage Painted Helmet with Lets Go! Book

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This stunning helmet which is hand painted in camouflage is unique in that the owner integrated the 29th Infantry Division insignia into the paint scheme. It is so unique that this helmet appears on page 78 of the wonderful hardcover book; Let's Go!: The History of the 29th Infantry Division 1917-2001 by Alexander F. Barnes in Hardcover and published in 2014. A brand new copy of the book is included with the purchase of this helmet ($75 value)

This wonderful example features original period textured camouflage paint. The paint pattern is stunning in its use of colors that include blue, gray, yellow, green, maroon and black. There is no liner or chinstrap, but regardless, this is one of the most memorable M1917 World War One helmets we've ever seen.

The 29th Infantry Division (29th ID), also known as the "Blue and Gray", is an infantry division of the United States Army based in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During WW1 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 November 11, 1918, ending hostilities between the Central Powers and the Allied Powers. The division returned to the United States in May 1919. 

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