Original U.S. WWI 311th Machine Gun Battalion 79th Division Helmet and Uniform Set
Original Item: Only One Set Available. The 79th Infantry Division (formerly known as the 79th Division) was an infantry formation of the United States Army Reserve in World Wars I and II.
Since 2009, it has been active as the 79th Theater Sustainment Command.
The division was first activated at Camp Meade, Maryland in August 1917, composed primarily of draftees from Maryland and Pennsylvania. After a year of training the division sailed overseas in July 1918. The 79th Division saw extensive combat in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive area where it earned the name of "Cross of Lorraine" for their defense of France. The division was inactivated June 1919 and returned to the United States.
Throughout its entire World War I campaign, the division suffered 6,874 casualties with 1,151 killed and 5,723 wounded. Private Henry Gunther, the last American soldier to be killed in action during World War I, served with the 313th Infantry Regiment of the 79th Division.
The Items In This Lot:
- Uniform Top: The jacket is a well worn field example with some mothing, stains and tearing present but overall solid. The collar discs are the standard US and MG/A Machine Gun discs. The left sleeve has a fantastic 79th Division Cross of Lorraine patch with a red discharge chevron beneath it and 2 inverted service chevrons above the cuff. The right sleeve has light colored corporal chevrons present.
- Textured Painted Helmet: The American made helmet is a lovely example of a texture painted helmet, featuring a hand painted 79th Division insignia on the front with a machine gun painted with a 311 in the center of the receiver. The helmet is in great condition with all parts present except for the lower half of the chinstrap. The top paper label is still present and the size stamp reads as a 7.
This is truly a wonderful pair of items that comes more than ready for further research and display.
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