Yes they are a group from the same soldier. Somewhere I have a picture of the 2nd Balloon Co marching through NewPort News, VA upon their return from France in 1919. In the pic a number of men were wearing similar helmets and patches. I suspect that they did this on the boat on the way home or while waiting to ship out from Europe at the end of the war. Unfortunately this group does not belong to me but an aquaintence.
Thank you for the posts guys. These are a sight to behold.
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Very nice shell pattern! What date would you give helmets like this? I have seen several, and usually consider them done "on the boat" on the way back...but that is speculation on my part. I know guys painted their helmets while still on occupation duty, but did they do the tortoise patter while in Europe?
You dont happen to have a 32nd painted do you
Don't have a 32nd helmet. I don't collect helmets per say, just when they come as part of the group. I have never seen any pictures of WW1 painted helmets in the trenches. I know that most of the patches were made while enroute home or while setting around at the embarkation point awaiting your transport. I was told by one vet that the local french ladies had a business set up making patches for units as they were getting ready to come back to the states. And another vet told me that men in his unit made their own on the boat coming home. I suspect that the helmets fall into the same catagory.