Original U.S. WWI 32nd Division 324th Field Artillery Named Grouping

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Private First Class Christopher Ira Smith served in the 32nd Infantry Division, 324th Filed Artillery Battalion which was later assigned to the 83rd Infantry Division. He fought in World War One and this collection of his Army issue uniform and other gear was recently acquired from the Bob Ford collection, with Mr. Ford having acquired the group directly from Private Smith's widow.

The 83rd Infantry Division, also called the Ohio Division, Buckeye Division, or Bayonet Division, was organized at Camp Sherman in September 1917. Although most of the men in the 83rd were from Ohio, some were from Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The 83rd Division went to France in June 1918 and all units stayed there with the exception of the 332nd Infantry Regiment which served in Italy. Regiments of the 83rd in France saw combat in the Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne offensives. The division returned to the United States between January and October 1919. Included in this wonderful Great War Grouping are the following pieces:

- Original July 6th, 1977 letter from Mrs. Christopher I. Smith to Bob Ford describing her husband's service in WWI and listing all the pieces in this collection.

- Heavy Wool U.S. Army issue WWI overcoat with 32nd Infantry Division insignia to left shoulder.

- Army tunic with 32nd Infantry Division on left shoulder, private chevron, overseas chevrons, Head Quarters Company Collar disc,

- Fantastic M1917 Helmet with wonderful Camouflage paint and 32nd Division Insignia to front. The underside of the shell is named to C I SMITH. Helmet retains complete liner and partial chinstrap.

- Original dog tags (2) which read CHRISTOPHER I SMITH 2434450 USA.

- Jodphur style trousers with waist belt.

- Original Period photograph with Smith wearing this very uniform.

- Putties

- Overseas Garrison cap with AEF enamel pin.

- Gas mask in bag named to C. I. SMITH

- 2 x shaving sets.

- Long rolled photograph which reads 324 F.A. Heavy Camp Sherman, Ohio May 20, 1918

- Silk flag

Overall a wonderful set with full provenance of a U.S. Solider in the Allied Expedition Force that fought in WW1. Fantastic!
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