WW1 US 79th Division Helmet . HU1060

WW1 US 79th Division Combat Helmet. Nice textured paint finish and painted 79th (Cross of Lorraine) Division insignia on front of helmet. Liner in good condition (much better than you typically find on WW1 helmets) with chin strap still in place. Identified to Paul A. Walker 314th Infantry Regiment of 79th Division (inscribed inside oil cloth liner on canvas side). The little white paint mark is prior collectors inventory mark. Hard to make out heat-stamp, however, appears to be ZH. Helmet has much wear and use as expected on a WW1 helmet and displays quite well for a helmet over 100 years old.

Additional Notes: The United States Army purchased the 400,000 available British Mk. I helmets from England and issued them to the American Expeditionary Forces already in Europe until the production of the U.S. M-1917 (P17) could start. Production began on the M-1917 helmets in the fall of 1917. By the end of November 1917, large quantities of U.S. M-1917 helmets became available for the U.S. Army. The U.S. M-1917 helmet was very similar to the British Mk. I helmet. One difference was riveted to the steel bowl were two flexible guiding loops for the chin strap. For this, the U.S. M-1917 helmet differed from the British Mk. I helmet in that on U.S. helmets the loops were secured by solid machined rivets, where the British Mk. I helmet used split rivets. Also, both the helmets may have markings on the underside of the helmet skirt. On British Brodie helmets this is typically a series of Letters (for the steel manufacturer) follow by followed by a series of numbers (for the lot number). On U.S. WW1 M1917 (P17) helmets typically there are heating lot numbers, usually, starting with a Z followed by another letter and ending with a series of numbers. The known heat-stamps for WW1 American helmet include, but not limited to: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZJ, YJ, UC, and XH. Also, the American helmets are made of a thicker gauge steel and therefore heavier then their British counterparts as well.


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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 11 × 11 × 7 in

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