89th Infantry Division Helmet with Insignia and Textured Paint

89th Infantry Division Helmet with Insignia and Textured Paint


This 89th Infantry Division helmet has an intact partial liner that has original period textured green/brown paint. 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 doubled sided 89th Infantry Division insignia ("Middle West Division” with the iconic black "W" in a black circle). The division insignia on both sides maintains approximately 99% of its original paint and remains bold visible and easy to see.

History of the 89th Infantry Division:

Over 156,000 Missourians served in World War I, and many of them served in either the 35th or 89th Divisions. The 89th Division, called the "Middle West Division," formed and began its training at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas, in August 1917. Its members came from Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Dakota. In France, the Division participated in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Popularly known as the "Middle West Division." Insignia, a black "W" in a black circle. Different colors are placed in the lower part of the "W" according to the various branches of the service.On Sept. 12th the division participated in the St. Mihiel offensive as the right division of the 4th American Corps and advanced to a depth of twenty-one kilometers including the captures of the towns of Beney, Essey, Boullionville, Pannes and Xammes. On Oct. 7th the division was relieved in the Pannes-Flirey-Limey sector by the 37th Division and was moved by bus to the Recicourt area and became part of the 1st Army Reserve. On Oct. 12th the division moved forward in rear of the 32d Division as part of the 5th American Corps in the Argonne offensive and on Oct. 20th the division went into the line along the Sommerance-Romagne road just north of the Kreimhilde defense positions. The division attacked on November 1st and continued in the assault until the armistice was signed when it had crossed the Meuse north of Stenay.

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