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5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigade M-1


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Gus Abel

M-1 helmet as worn by members of the 5th and 6th Engineer Brigade during the D-Day invasion. Helmet is not owned by me. A friend allowed me to handle and photograph...

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Davejb

Do you think it was a good idea to have a large aiming point on helmets, to me it was tempting fate,is it not the reason why officers removed there rank flashes

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Gus Abel

Interesting point...probably not, helmet was posted for it's historical value..and that only a handful of these survive today, extremely rare

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Davejb

Yes I am happy you posted it and for the historical content, and that they are rare, I just seem to think of the the absurd aspect in war that things like this could and did get men killed

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Desert Rat

Hello Gus,

Superb helmet and very hard to find, great condition also. Thanks for showing us on MCN.

Best to you.....Desert Rat

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Afrikakorpsrat64
8 hours ago, Davejb said:

Do you think it was a good idea to have a large aiming point on helmets, to me it was tempting fate,is it not the reason why officers removed there rank flashes

I felt the same about the rank painted on them. Just seems like a fine target for German Marksmen. I just think us "Yanks" learned slowly.

 

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Desert Rat

I think (maybe I am wrong? but many high up soldiers painted over their helmet insignia, or covered them with mud....as a precution that they were not the first ones to be shot......By snipers?

Am I wrong or right?

Best to you all....Desert Rat/ Ian

 

 

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Desert Rat

Hello Gus,

Here are a few images of "Bloody Omaha Beach" taken when I visited it (No cover at all for the landing soldiers---just the installation of some of Rommel's "Asparagus" metal railway tracks and steel barriers)  and the Cemetery above 2 years ago.

Best to you.....Desert Rat

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