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ww1czechlegion 01-30-2012 10:17 PM

M16 Camo Helmet Mailed Home by General H.A. Allen
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Here's a neat find I picked up on Saturday. It has a different, more angular patten of camo. Unfortunately the camo is only about 70% intact, but the base color is still good where the thicker camo colors have worn off.

Brigadier General H.A. Allen served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was also Brigadier General of the 56th Infantry Brigade, which was part of the 28th Division A.E.F., I believe.

The helmet was apparently mailed home to his mother-in-law. I acquired it from someone who purchased it in 1980 in Red Oak, Iowa, and has had it up until Saturday. Unfortunately the postage stamps are long gone, and you can see the zig-zag edge traces where the camo paint pulled off when the stamps came off, to the lower right of the shipping address tape.

The pads are all there, a bit dry, with the wearer's left side pad starting to tear a bit at the leather band. Cushions are intact. Chistrap is missing the buckle on one end, as it ripped, and is it is also torn about half-way through at the other buckle side. No tie string for the pads, but at least the tongues are all present, and not torn through at all on any of the holes for the tongues.

Named to a G. Schmidt. in pencil & paint. ET64 maker marked shell.

I look forward to your comments!

All the Best,


ww1czechlegion 01-30-2012 10:21 PM

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ww1czechlegion 01-30-2012 10:26 PM

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ww1czechlegion 01-30-2012 10:34 PM

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langemarck 01-31-2012 03:11 PM

I like it a lot, and because it has my name on it...:tongueout:


John Hodgin 01-31-2012 04:38 PM

Great piece of First War history!

Hoss 01-31-2012 06:39 PM

Wonderful Helmet Alan. thumbsup


Adler 1 01-31-2012 06:52 PM

That's not only a fantastic helmet, but also a great piece of history! Great find!

Adler 1

Kengir 01-31-2012 10:34 PM

What a spectacular helmet! Very beautiful camo paint, and then the address just completely knocks it out of the ballpark! Awesome Lid! thumbsup

MauserCollector 02-01-2012 08:59 AM

Such a cool helmet, very nice!


Mac 66 02-01-2012 12:23 PM

Alan, Another Cracking Helmet For Your Collection thumbsup

ww1czechlegion 02-01-2012 01:07 PM

Thank you gentlemen for your kind comments!

All the Best,


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