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US 8th Division 1st Lieutenant MP Liner

Description

US 8th Division 1st Lieutenant MP Liner. The helmet liner is marked by 'Westinghouse' and is complete with leather chinstrap. The liner is in overall very good condition. The outside of the liner shows a painted on yellow band which indicates divisional level together with the 8th Infantry Division ("Pathfinder") Logo and letters M.P. (Military Police). During World War II, the 8th Infantry Division was sent to Europe to fight against the Axis. After training in Northern Ireland the 8th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, 4 July 1944, and entered combat on 7 July. Shortly after its arrival, the division captured the French cities of Rennes and Brest. Following these actions, the 8th turned eastward toward the German border, taking part in the heavy fighting in the Hürtgen Forest in November 1944 and pushed on to the Roer. That river was crossed on 23 February 1945 and the division took part in the clearing of the Ruhr pocket. On 2 May 1945, as it advanced into northern Germany, the 8th Infantry Division encountered the Neuengamme concentration camp Wöbbelin subcamp, near the city of Ludwigslust. This helmet has been published in the book 'M-1 Helmet of the World War II GI' by 'Pieter Oosterman' on page 304. Stunning and extremely rare published M.P. Helmet Liner!

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