Painted helmet and Liner, identified to an Ordnance soldier.
An extremely rare painted M1 helmet and its matching painted liner identified to H.L. Coulter, assigned to a Bomb Disposal unit in the European Theatre of Operations. The helmet is accompanied with a small group of insignia and dog tags for Coulter.
The M1 pot has swivel bales, and the chin straps were deliberately removed by the soldier; working with un- exploded ordnance made it prudent to remove any incumbrance that might create distraction and or injury (rust is evenly formed over all the bale, showing the chinstrap has been gone early on.
The painted insignia on pot and liner are identical, and each is painted with Coulter’s name and ASN. Condition of the helmet is well combat used, with worn paint, dings, dents, and general wear. The same type usage describes the wear on the liner.
Dog tags are dated ’43; ribbon bars indicate service in the ETO, with a Bronze Star, Good Conduct, WWII Victory Medal, EAME campaign medal with 4 campaign stars, and the American Campaign Medal ribbons (the upper 2 have pin bars). There are 3 “US” and Ordnance disks (one with an odd screw back device. The patch was once on uniform; assumably now gone to the ages.
These bomb disposal units were usually attached to larger commands, such as 12th Army Group, US Armies, and Corps levels. They were called in to any area after bombardment to render those areas safe to Allied and civilian personnel.
This is an extremely rare, complete and identified WW2 M1 helmet. Have printed data sheets that come with this lot.
USPS Priority $18.00