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WW1 US Army 28th Division Camo Painted Helmet Gas Mask & Photo Grouping
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Beautifully executed camo painted helmet, painted gas mask, framed photo and framed discharge grouping. This grouping belonged to Sergeant George J. Fitzpatrick of Company "H",  112th Infantry, 28th Division. One of the finest painted helmet's I have ever owned and with reason, Sgt. Fitzpatrick was a painter by trade and as you can see by the helmet, it shows. The helmet also bears his service number on the chinstrap 1248615. The gas mask is also very attractive with a cartoonish character of a doughboy with an artillery shell going over his head and saying "not for me". Also on the gas mask cover has the "bloody bucket" and his name and service number is also shown. The mask itself is in typical condition. His discharge shows he enlisted service on 04/16/1917 and was discharged on 05/06/1917. While in service he was promoted to Sergeant on Oct. 14th, 1918. During that time he was gassed on November 4th, 1918 in the Thiancourt Sector.
 
World War 1
 

The division moved to Camp Hancock, Ga., in April 1917, and was there when the entire division was federalized on 5 August 1917. From May to 11 October 1917, the division was reorganized into the two-brigade, four regiment scheme, and thus became the 28th Division. It thus comprised the 55th Infantry Brigade (109th and 110th Infantry Regiments) and the 56th Infantry Brigade (111th and 112th Infantry Regiments). Other units included the 107th, 108th, 109th and 229th Field Artillery Battalions and the 103rd Engineer Combat Battalion. The Turner Publishing account says that:

The situation for the division at Camp Hancock was dismal. The men arrived there in summer uniforms, which were not replaced by winter ones until the winter was well along. Adequate blankets were not available until January. Training equipment was woeful. There was but one bayonet for each three men; machine guns made of wood; and there was but one 37-mm gun for the whole division.

By May 1918 the division had arrived in Europe, and began training with the British. On 14 July, ahead of an expected German offensive, the division was moving forward, with most of it committed to the second line of defense south of the Marne River and east of Château-Thierry. As the division took up defensive positions, the Germans commenced their attack, which became the Battle of Chateau-Thierry, with a fierce artillery bombardment. When the German assault collided with the main force of the 28th, the fighting became bitter hand-to-hand combat. The 28th repelled the German forces and decisively defeated their enemy. However, four isolated companies of the 109th and 110th Infantry stationed on the first defensive line suffered heavy losses. After the battle, General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, visited the battlefield and declared that the 28th soldiers were "Men of Iron" and named the 28th ID as his "Iron Division." The 28th developed a red keystone-shaped shoulder patch, officially adopted on 27 October 1918.

During World War I, the division was involved in the Meuse-Argonne, Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, and Ypres-Lys (FA) operations. During the war, it took a total of 14,139 casualties (2,165 killed and 11,974 wounded).

 
 
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Your Price $750.00 USD