D-Day: An original M1 helmet, 29th Infantry Division, used first or second wave at Omaha Beach. American, 1944. M1 helmet, the front with two tone circular painted recognition insignia of the 29th Infantry,
Lot 1214
D-Day: An original M1 helmet, 29th Infantry Division, used first or second wave at Omaha Beach.
American, 1944. M1 helmet, the front with two tone circular painted recognition insignia of the 29th Infantry,
Sold for US$ 3,500 inc. premium

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6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

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D-Day: An original M1 helmet, 29th Infantry Division, used first or second wave at Omaha Beach.
American, 1944. M1 helmet, the front with two tone circular painted recognition insignia of the 29th Infantry, the inside with Firestone liner, and webbing, leather head band and chin strap. The exterior weathered and slightly corroded, a few chips. Height: 170 mm; length: 260 mm; WITH: US Navy M26 life preserver, used at Omaha beach, made of olive canvas, with pockets to house the CO2 canisters, rubber tubes, some corrosion of metal fittings.

An historic helmet from the landings at Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6th, 1944. The battalions from the 29th Infantry Division, landed on the western landing sectors of the beach. The first waves onto the beach head received murderous gunfire from the entrenched German positions on the low cliffs, and suffered casualties as high as 60%, while the second wave, after some further heavy bombardment of the German gun positions by naval vessels brought further inshore, were able to land with fewer casualties and take positions which allowed them to storm the cliff tops, and eventually take the day. The M26 life preserver was standard issue to the landing forces and naval personnel involved in D-Day. Both items were recovered from the beach area by a French civilian after the battle.
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