SOLD!Named 4th Division helmet grouping
ON HOLD! This matched set belonged to Arthur L. Jones who was an original member of M Company 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Division as shown in the regimental roles dating back to June 1942 where his is listed with an MOS of 504 which is ammunition handler.
Jones served with this unit throughout the war participating in D-Day, Battle for France, the Heurtgen Forest, the Bulge. He was sent home in March 1945 for unknown reasons.
The complete set of morning reports, the early roster and other research go with the grouping.
What makes this set stand out and truly be considered a world class helmet grouping is that it came with a red light and a neatly stowed piece of rope that were issued to early wave troops on Dday. The red light allowed soldiers to see in the dark without revealing themselves and the rope was used as a rifle sling tied to the stock and rifle tip while the rifle was covered in a watertight bag. There is a Dday photo of a heavy weapons company of the 4th using the rope as an improvised on page 111 of Spearheading Dday by Jonathan Gawne.
Helmet is a fixed loop with original OD-3 straps still attached. Painted insignia of the 4th division can be seen on the front and also looks to be double painted. Jones' laundry number can be found inked on one of the straps. Liner is an early rayon webbed Westinghouse that still has the fixed chinstrap present. Shows nice soiling and age that you would expect from a such a battle used helmet.
Everything shown in the pictures is included in the grouping. I can forward the documentation to anyone who has potential interest. Groupings like these rarely make it to the open market.