Sgt. Named AEF Painted 7th Infantry Division Helmet

Sgt. Named AEF Painted 7th Infantry Division Helmet


Original WWI US AEF British Manufactured 7th Inf. Div. Helmet. This helmet has the orginal paint wth the original textured finish. It has a hand painted 7th Infantry Division Emblem. The emblem is a Red Disc with a black hourglass shape in the center of the disc. It includes the original name of the Sgt. J. H. who worn this helmet during his combat service in WWI.

7th Infantry Division History:

The 7th Infantry Division was created during World War I and was activated on 6 December 1917 as the 7th Division of the regular army at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. One month later, it prepared to deploy to Europe as a part of the American Expeditionary Force. Two brigades were assigned to the division, the 13th Infantry Brigade and the 14th Infantry Brigade.[ Most of the division sailed to Europe aboard the SS Leviathan.

While on the Western Front, the 7th did not see action at full divisional strength, though its infantry and reconnaissance elements did engage German forces. On 11 October 1918, it first came under shell fire and later, at Saint-Mihiel, came under chemical attack. Elements of the 7th probed up toward Prény near the Moselle River, capturing positions and driving German forces out of the region. It was at this time that the division first received its shoulder sleeve insignia.

In early November, the 7th began preparing for an assault on the Hindenburg Lineas part of the Second Army. The division launched a reconnaissance in force on the Voëvre plain, but the main assault was never conducted as hostilities ended on 11 November 1918 with the signing of the armistice. During its 33 days on the front line, the 7th Division suffered 1,709 casualties, including 204 killed in action and 1,505 wounded in action. and was awarded a campaign streamer for Lorraine. The division then served on occupation duties as it began preparations to return to the continental United States. The 7th Division arrived home in late 1919, and was gradually demobilized at Camp Meade, Maryland until on 22 September 1921, when it was inactivated

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