This is a inner helmet only, 1st Armored Division WWII Captains Helmet.
It is in excellent condition and has the 1st Armored Division design prominently on the front, as well as the captains insignia.
The helmet belonged to full colonel Raymond Marsch, West Point Class of 1915. A distinguished graduate of West Point in 1915, he was ranked 35th in “The Class the Stars Fell On”. Of the 164 graduates that year, 59 (36%) attained the rank of general, more than any other class in the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, hence the expression. Colonel Marsh, like many of his classmates went on to have a long and illustrious Military career and like many of his classmates played an important role in World War II. The helmet measures 8.50″x10.50″x6″. Weight 1 pd.
PROVENANCE: Marsh Family By Descent.
The Class of 1915 was comprised some of the most famous names in the history of the U.S. Army, including Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. There were 164 graduates that year and over one third, 59 total, went on to become generals, spawning the nickname “The Class the Stars Fell On”. All told, two of them were named as five-star Generals of the Army, two others became four-star generals, seven made lieutenant general, 24 pinned on two-stars, and 24 made brigadier. To top it all off, Dwight Eisenhower was elected as the 34th President of the United States.
A very interesting helmet that could be the centrepiece of an Armoured Division collection. The helmet came to me through an American friend who got it in an auction where the family had put it on sale. I wanted to do a museumdiplay around the Armored Divions, but sadly i have to let it go due to timeshortage and it deserves a good home, it’s time to pass it on to another collector now.
A very interesting historical helmet!