Sunday, January 20, 2013
Immediately following the Great War it was a common practice, among American soldiers on the long boat ride home, to paint, or have someone else paint, unit insignias on their helmets. Frequently much more elaborate decoration was undertaken.
Last year my friend Paul loaned me his grandfather's doughboy helmet so that I could take some pictures. Paul's ancestor was in an anti-aircraft unit and his helmet nearly speaks for itself.
One side depicts a daylight scene of combat...
the other side is of an air raid over a city.
Caught in the searchlights.
A burning building.
What a remarkable set of memories.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Last year did not produce a bumper-crop of helmets in the collection but the two that I did acquire please me very much; a French M1915 Colonial Forces, and a French M45 Air Force.
The new recruits.
Who knows what this year might bring to the collection.
Happy new year!