Original WWII U.S. M1 "Steel Pot" Helmet - Front Seam/Swivel Bale w/Complete Hawley Liner, ID'd - Period painted with 29th Infantry Division on the front of the Helmet.
THIS IS A RARE HELMET- In great D-Day battle used condition
Captain Bayro and his helmet was part of the 29th Division's, 116th Regiment, C Company, officially nicknamed the "Stonewall Brigade", assigned to take Omaha Beach. The 116th Regiment landed on Jun 6th 1944 "D-Day", and took part in the Invasion of Normandy by spearheading the assault on Omaha Beach for the rest of the 29th Infantry Division. The regiment suffered 341 casualties, including soldiers from A Company, Bedford Virginia, a community which proportionally had the highest D-Day losses in America. The following is the after action report by V-Corps command: "The first of the actions after landing was to secure the landing beach area, then the capture of ISIGNY and securing of the AURE RIVER line. This was the mission of the 175th Infantry. V Corps orders attached the 747th (minus) to the 29th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Fries, Battalion Commander, led the column, with A Company and one platoon of D Company, toward GRUCHY to join the infantry. At ST. LAURENT, C Company, less one platoon, joined the column. This unit, under Captain Baryo, completed its mission of reinforcing the infantry in clearing the village. Then the battalion (minus) moved on to GRUCHY".
This all original WWII U.S. M1 "Steel Pot" Helmet is the early helmet with the Front Seam, Stainless Steel Rim and Swivel Bales. The helmet has the original paint over the original cork finish with the 29th Division Insignia, and Captain Bars painted on the front, period applied, not replica or fix up. Normal wear on the paint, mainly around the rim. There are NO major dents, some small dings to the helmet as would be expected with a period piece. It has the original sewn to the bale chinstraps. The production Number is 380C, stamped inside front under brim of the shell.
The liner is a Hawley Liner, with manufactures mark stamped lightly on the inside of the liner "liner fiber m-1". The liner has original paint finish, and looks period used, great shape. It is complete with the original correct dirty white color webbing. The sweat band is original, with the correct color suspension system. The shell is stamped with the soldiers name and number, using an officers stamp "Baryo-2232". Early correct fastener clips are used as retainers. Leather chin strap is original, nice brown color, some cracks and one tear that was fixed, needs some attention, attached with early rivet holders. Hawley liners are hard to find and are very desirable, this one is in great shape
This is an all original WWII M1 Steel helmet, with a great battle feel, identified to Capt. Baryo of the 29th Infrantry Division, 175th regiment, company C. as marked on the front of the helmet with the division insignia, his Captain bars, and his name stamped on the inside the liner, part of the "Stonewall Brigade". This is the cream of helmets, the type, the providence, and history that all the top collector desire.
It's hard to find great original M1 Helmets offered for sale, and even harder if they are identified with markings to a person, unit or division. When there out there, collectors grab them up fast, and this one is the best. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a real piece of history.