Original U.S. WWI M1917 Named 84th Infantry Division Doughboy Helmet with Camouflage Textured Paint
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredible helmet is featured on page 74 of the book Painted Steel, Steel Pots Volume II by Chris Arnold. This is a fantastic genuine Great War hand painted camouflage helmet with the 84th Division Railsplitters insignia to front. The underside of the rim is named 1 SGT BILL HOPE.
William J. Hope ASN 01985641 enlisted on June 6th, 1917 and was discharged from the Army on August 1th, 191 at Camp Upton, NY. Included with this helmet is a National Personnel Records Center request for information, which confirms this information.
Offered with complete liner but missing chinstrap it features heavily textured has original period colored camouflage textured paint in various shades of brown and green. The shell is maker marked with a stamping on the underside of the rim that reads ZC 66. This is an wonderful identified example of a genuine USGI Great War helmet from an well known infantry division of the US army.
The 84th Division in World War I, personnel were first enlisted from the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky and were formed into an infantry division in 1917, whereupon they chose the formation's distinctive patch and nickname. Organized at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, in Sept., 1917. The division was composed of National Army drafts from Indiana and Kentucky, and remained in training at Camp Taylor until Aug., 1918. It was deployed to France in October 1918 to serve as a training formation for replacements which would be sent to the Western Front. At the war's end, the formation was recalled home and, without having seen combat actions, inactivated in January 1919.
Its commanders included Brig. Gen. Wilber E. Wilder (25 August 1917), Maj. Gen. Harry C. Hale (6 October 1917), Brig. Gen. Wilber E. Wilder (26 November 1917), Brig. Gen. Wilber E. Wilder (15 December 1917), Maj. Gen. Harry C. Hale (1 March 1918), Maj. Gen. Harry C. Hale (5 June 1918), Maj. Gen. Harry C. Hale (21 July 1918), Brig. Gen. Wilber E. Wilder (18 October 1918), Maj. Gen. Harry C. Hale (31 October 1918).
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