"Operation Desert Storm:" US TANKER HELMET AND ARMOR VEST, FIRST GULF WAR, 1991

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Lot 299
"Operation Desert Storm:" US TANKER HELMET AND ARMOR VEST, FIRST GULF WAR, 1991

Sold for US$ 312 inc. premium
"Operation Desert Storm:" US TANKER HELMET AND ARMOR VEST, FIRST GULF WAR, 1991
A fine set of helmet and protective armor for tanker crews, including a DH-132A ballistic Kevlar helmet with Woodland camouflage pattern, foam lining with green cloth netting overlay, integrated Centex Corp MK-1697/G earphones and mike and power lead with metal clip. Rear of helmet hand inscribed "Haren." The vest is an X-Large "Body Armor, Fragmentation Protective Vest, Ground Troops" in Woodland pattern with adjustable strap shoulder protection, two front pockets with Velcro fasteners and Velcro front closure. Two interior patches display maintenance instructions and general information, and are stamped "A.A. Perry."

Following the punishing air campaign over Iraq that marked the beginning of the First Gulf War, Coalition ground forces advanced into occupied Kuwait and then into Iraqi territory. Several tank battles occurred during this period resulting in extremely heavy Iraqi casualties with very few Coalition losses in return. This tank crewman's Kevlar jacket and helmet reflect the technological advantage of the Coalition Forces in the field.
Provenance: helmet: 9 x 9 10in (23 x 23 x 25cm)
vest: 24 x 25in (61 x 63cm)
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