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    Posted 9 years ago

    stepback_a…
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    Pictured is a well used WW I U.S. Army M-1917 Doughboy helmet. The helmet has the original painted insignia of the 33rd Infantry Division, which was a unit in the Army National Guard during world wars one and two. The original liner is intact, as well as the leather chinstrap. The 33rd Division was activated in July of 1917, and went overseas in May of 1918. The division fought at Le Hamel, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Somme Offensive, and St. Mihiel. The 33rd Division returned to the U.S. in May of 1919, and was inacticated. This helmet is nearly 100 years old.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Good combat Division and nice helmet.
    2. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 9 years ago
      Nice helmet! I have a nice 33rd division uniform grouping with helmet, tunic, pants & leggings. Has a SHARP 33rd division shoulder insignia, and a RARE green silk band on lower left sleeve. I have never seen a band like this on ANY other WWI uniform, and I have dozens in my collection (multiple units and divisions). I have been told that this green silk band means that he was a sniper. I have not been able to find any research to follow up on that though...
    3. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      Great piece of history, nice item.
    4. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 9 years ago
      On my down time, I think I am going to display some of my uniforms...
    5. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 9 years ago
      scottvez, tlmbaran, and packrat-place, thanks. I'd like to see that grouping tlmbaran.
    6. Militarist Militarist, 9 years ago
      The 33rd was/is Illinois National Guard.

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