Stamped from sheet metal, the M16 helmet retains little original paint having been reissued twice. The top coat appears to be very late-war, likely 1945 (sloppy application).
Though the cap badge is missing, remains of patina suggest a rounded badge with kings crown.
William would witness the closing 100 days offensive by the Canadians. William writes about a “close shave” with an artillery shell, being gassed twice, the push on Canal du Nord, the burning of Cambrai, and “Armistice with Germany” on November 11th.
Constructed in dark blue/black wool serge, these jackets would become known as "Working Dress" in Naval Regulations.
Stamped from magnetic steel, the M35 helmet retains 85% of the original blued grey paint. The left side of the helmet retains 75% of the factory applied second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal.
Multi-piece constructed heavy leather marching boots measuring approximately 14.5" tall from the base of the heel to calf. Machine stitched vertical seam to the reverse. Stitched into the interior are white and blue cotton pull tabs and leather button tabs.
Sewn below the left shoulder seam, a period appropriate 2nd Armored Division patch and corresponding "Hell On Wheels" title. Four inches above the left cuff, five gold bars are present suggesting two and a half years of service. Sewn onto each arm are three stripe chevrons denoting the soldier's rank of Sergeant.