Original U.S. WWI M1917 Doughboy Helmet of the 35th Infantry Division with Textured Paint

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Original Item: Only One Available. This nice example without liner that has original period textured paint green brown. The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZF 41. This is an nice example of a genuine USGI Great War helmet from an well known infantry division of the US army. The best feature of all are the original hand painted 35h "Sante Fe Division"" Division insignias on each side in blue and yellow. The Division Insignias maintain approximately 90% of their original paint and both remains bold visible and easy to see.

The 35th Infantry Division (Santa Fe Division) is an infantry unit in the Army National Guard.


Activated: 5 August 1917 (National Guard Division from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)

Overseas: 7 May 1918

Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Casualties: Total 7,296, (KIA 1,018, WIA 6,278)

Commanders: Maj. Gen. William M. Wright (25 August 1917), Brg. Gen. L. G. Berry (18 September 1917), Maj. Gen. William M. Wright (10 December 1917), Brg. Gen. Nathaniel F. McClure (15 June 1918), Maj. Gen. Peter E. Traub (2 November 1918), Brg. Gen. Thomas B. Dugan (25 November 1918), Maj. Gen. Peter E. Traub (7 December 1918), Brg. Gen. Thomas B. Dugan (27 December 1918)

Returned to U.S. and inactivated: April 1919.

The M1917 was the US Army's first modern combat helmet, used from 1917 and during the 1920s, before being replaced by the M1917A1. The M1917A1 helmet was an updated version of the M1917 and initially used refurbished WW1 shells.

The M1917 is a near identical version of the British Mk.I steel helmet, and it is important to note that when the US joined the Great War in 1917 they were initially issued with a supply of around 400,000 British made Mk.Is, before production began state side. The M1917 differed slightly in its lining detail, and exhibited US manufacture markings.

M1917 helmet liners typically show a paper label at the crown and the dome rivet head. The liner is set up as on the British versions, with an oilcloth band and net configuration, attached to a leather strap, riveted to the shell. The chinstrap is leather with steel buckle.

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