$449.50

SKU: GB11343 Categories: , Product ID: 16035

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HELMET – BRITISH, 56TH (1ST LONDON) INFANTRY, LINER (GOOD), NO CHINSTRAP, PAINT IS VG-EXC SHOWING WEAR, AND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HELMET IS THE EMBLEM FOR THE 56TH 1ST LONDON REGIMENT (IN WHITE) SHOWING NICE MATCHING AGE AN WEAR (100% ORIGINAL). OWNER’S INITIALS “JD” INSIDE THE DOME. WE HAVE OWNED VERY FEW UNIT MARKED BRITISH HELMETS MAINLY BECAUSE THEY HAD TO TURN ALL OF THEIR EQUIPMENT IN WHEN THEY GOT OUT. I TALKED TO A BRITISHVETERAN WHO TOLD ME HE WORE HIS UNIFORM HOME BUT HAD TO SEND IT BACK OR PAY FOR IT. IN AN ATTACK ON GOMMECOURT SALIENT JULY 1, 1916 (AS A DIVERSION FROM THE MAIN SOMME ATTACK) THEY TOOK THE FRONT LINES BUT WERE CUT OFF AND SURROUNDED BY THE GERMANS WITH HEAVY ARTILLERY IN NO MAN’S LAND. THEY LOST 4500 MEN AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY BACK TO THE BRITISH LINES AT NIGHTFALL. BY THE END OF THE WAR THE DIVISION (LOST 1470 OFFICERS AND 33,339 OR KILLED, MISSING OR WOUNDED. VG-EXC OVERALL