Original U.S. WWI Named 41st Infantry Division Uniform Set - Sunset Division

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind. This uniform set is named to private Harold Ream serial number 1554688. Private Ream was a member of the "Jungleers" or "Sunsetters" the 41st Infantry Division and served in Europe during WWI.

The 41st was first activated for Army service in 1 April 1917 primarily from Guard units of the northwestern United States and trained at Camp Green, North Carolina. It consisted of the 81st Infantry Brigade (161st and 162nd Infantry Regiments) and the 82nd Infantry Brigade (163rd and 164th Infantry Regiments). On 26 November 1917 the division embarked for Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Men of the 41st were aboard the SS Tuscania when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk off the coast of Northern Ireland.

In France, the 41st Division received a major disappointment. It was designated a replacement division and did not go to combat as a unit. The majority of its infantry personnel went to the 1st, 2nd, 32nd and 42nd Infantry Divisions where they served throughout the war. The 147th Artillery Regiment (United States) was attached to the 32nd Division and saw action at the Third Battle of the Aisne, the Meuse-Argonne and other areas. The 146th and 148th of the 66th Field Artillery Brigade were attached as corps artillery units and participated in the battles of Château-Thierry, Aisne-Marne, St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne.

This set is composed of the following-

• Original WWI Doughboy Helmet- marked REAM 4688
• Original WWI Wool Tunic- marked REAM 1554688
• Original WWI Wool Trousers
• Original WWI Leather and Cloth Puttees (lower leg wrap)
• Reproduction WWI boots

Of particular interest is the wire embroidered Sunset insignia found on the left shoulder. This is an excellent set offered in nearly unisssued condition, not to be repeated!

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