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US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

Article about: This just came in the mail from Marty. A big thanks as he knows the 42nd is near and dear to me A really nice clean and fully intact US British made MK1 Brodie with the 42nd Rainbow Division

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    This just came in the mail from Marty. A big thanks as he knows the 42nd is near and dear to me

    A really nice clean and fully intact US British made MK1 Brodie with the 42nd Rainbow Division flash. Marked HS 402 for Hadfield Ltd of Sheffield.

    I've been looking for a 42nd Rainbow Division flashed helmet for years as as some of you already know, my childhood home was built on top of the remains of Camp Mills NY, the original home of the 42nd division during WW1. My home was just a few paces from the monument to the 42nd as well.

    The 42nd was made up of National Guard units from across the country (i.e. the Fighting 69th from NY, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, etc). The name "Rainbow Division" was coined by then Major Douglas MacArthur said the "division would stretch across the United States 'like a rainbow'". MacArthur became the Divisions Chief of Staff.

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Some Rainbow Division photos

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    I glad you are happy with the helmet. It was a hard one to let go of it but it has a good home.
    Your pictures are always incredible. GO 165th!!!
    You need a picture of the helmet and the monument together.
    Marty
    Fortune favors the brave 644th td

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    Quote by Tank Destroyer View Post
    I glad you are happy with the helmet. It was a hard one to let go of it but it has a good home.
    Your pictures are always incredible. GO 165th!!!
    You need a picture of the helmet and the monument together.
    Marty
    I was actually planning on doing that this weekend. If the weather holds out as we should be getting the after effects of Hurricane Ian

    Thanks again! I'm sure it was tough as it's a top shelf example but you got something nice coming in the mail to replace it
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Great post and great helmet Michael! And that fighting knife is one seriously mean looking piece of kit!

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    Quote by AndyM35 View Post
    Great post and great helmet Michael! And that fighting knife is one seriously mean looking piece of kit!
    Thanks Andy. The trench knife is made by Au Lion. So almost certainly issued and used during WW1. Picked it up at a local show many many years ago.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Quote by Tank Destroyer View Post
    You need a picture of the helmet and the monument together.
    Here you go Marty. Miserably cold and wet day but was able to get these taken during a short break in the rain.

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division

    US MK1 Brodie 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Great helmet

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