78th Infantry Division M1917 Helmet with Textured Paint

78th Infantry Division M1917 Helmet with Textured Paint


This nice example with a partial liner that has original period textured paint green brown. 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 is the original hand painted 78th "Lightning" Division insignia. The Division Insignia maintains approximately 99% of its original paint and remains bold visible and easy to see.

History of the 78th Infantry Division:

The 78th Infantry Division of the United States Army was activated on 23 August 1917 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. It consisted of four infantry regiments the 309th, 310th, 311th and 312th and three artillery Regiments the 307th, 308th and 309th. The division was originally allocated to New York and northern Pennsylvania in the National Army plan. Whilst the HQ of the 78th Division was activated in August, with the first draftees arriving in September, it was not fully active until early 1918. It was transported to France in May and June 1918. In France, during the summer and fall of 1918, it was the "point of the wedge" of the final offensive which knocked out Germany. The 78th was in three major campaigns during World War I Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel, and Lorraine. Demobilization at the end of the war took place in June 1919. HQ, 78th Division was returned to the Organized Reserve List, and reallocated to the Second US Corps in Spring of 1921, with its area of allocation changed to New Jersey and Delaware.

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