Sold by C&T Auctions – A Rare US Army M1 Airborne Helmet Shell
I doubt there are many people reading our posts who have never seen Band of Brothers. When the mini series came out all those years ago, it blew us all away and attached an extra respect and obsession with the 101st Airborne Division. It brought about huge numbers of airborne reenactors and collectors as well. Consequently, this sale by C&T Auctions is an amazing piece. The Band of Brothers helmet was owned by Edward ‘Eddy’ Joint, who served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Better known as the 101st Airborne. As one of the ‘Band of Brothers’, he landed into Normandy on D-Day, then travelled onwards into Holland where he was wounded at Bastogne by a piece of shrapnel.
This helmet retains the spade on each side, which was the divisional sign for the 101st Airborne Easy Company, as well as a fair amount of its untouched factory green finish. Overall, in a collecting sense, the helmet is textbook, with the added bonus of the provenance.
Click below to read more of the history of this helmet and for more close-up photographs.
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