Wwii Us M1 Fixed Bale / Loop Helmet W/ M41 & M45 Field Jackets & More *named* For SaleORIGINAL US M1 FIXED CHINSTRAP LOOP HELMET WITH MSA LINERCOMPLETE WITH EARLY OD GREEN BUCKLE LEATHER CHINSTRAPINCLUDES M1941 & M1945 FIELD JACKETS, DUFFLE BAG, SHIRT & TROUSERSWITH POST CARDS AND MONEY BELTPRIVATE HENRY JAMES BLOSS - FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
This sale is for items that belonged to Private Henry James Bloss who served with the famous and hard fighting First Platoon, Company B, 51st Combat Engineering Battalion during World War Two. According to his family and some brief research, Private Bloss ALSO served with the 13th Corps, 9th Army During the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944 - 1945. It is believed that he was also with the 51st at the famous Remagen Bridge on the Rhine River. Further research will need to be conducted to completely confirm this information. ALL items are 100% GUARANTEED to be from Private Bloss and exactly as we say they are. Many items have his name and partial service number present in his own handwriting. There are many post cards to Private Bloss from his family and a number of them were written by him to his family. They state his unit and location at the time. All are from when he was with the 51st Combat Engineers, famed for their fighting in "The Bulge" and for the Remagen Bridge. The 51st is now featured in the book "Unbroken Line." The unit earned a Presidential Unit Citation and the French Croix de Guerre for their construction of the bridge under heavy fire. The post cards show that he was in training with the 51st Combat Engineers in the fall of 1943 at Camp Abbott, Oregon and at the Atlanta Ordnance Depot in munitions training during December of the same year. These items were purchased from Mr. Bloss's Family in Jackson, Ohio after he became ill. They had been stored in a barn on his property for many years. The helmet was very dusty and dirty, but we have lightly cleaned it and wiped the leather chinstrap clean so that you can see the excellent condition that every aspect of the helmet is in. The helmet was stored in the duffel bag and MAY very well be the same helmet that Private Bloss wore during the Battle of the Bulge. The M-41 Field jacket may also have been worn during the war at the Bulge as well. The helmet is definitely the key focus of this sale as most of the other items exhibit moderate to heavy wear, age and soiling. You will receive every item in the photos that is related to Private Bloss, plus a pair of WWII Issue Enlisted Trousers that are named to him, but not pictured.1. WWII US Fixed Chinstrap Loop or "Fixed Bale" M1 Helmet - EXCELLENT CONDITION - This helmet is COMPLETE and Exactly as it was when it was issued to Private Bloss in 1943! It is the Early War Design with Fixed Chinstrap Loops, Khaki Chinstraps, Brass "J" Hook, Flat Brass Buckle and Brass End Keeper. It also Maintains its ORIGINAL OD Green Buckle Leather Liner Chinstrap. The Chinstrap is Complete with the OD, Round Cam Buckle, OD Green Rivets and OD Green Garter Clips. The leather is not dry, still soft and flexible but does show age and wear. It is still solid and with proper care will be around for many years to come. We wiped the chinstrap off because it was very dirty when we obtained the helmet. This helmet was in the duffel bag for many years in a cabinet in Private Bloss' Barn. That is probably what saved it from ruin and why it is still in excellent condition. It is a Front Seam, Stainless (Manganese) Rim and its interior and exterior finish are in EXCELLENT CONDITION. The helmet is still a little dirty and you can see some of the dirt and dust on it in the photos. However, the cork texture and exterior paint are approximately 90% complete and in-tact! There is some wear and scratches from use. This helmet has NO Rust, NO Dings, NO Dents and NO Corrosion. Every Aspect is Excellent! The Mine Safety Appliance or MSA Liner is in VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT CONDITION with NO Damage. It is the EARLY War Style of Liner with OD Green Painted "A" Rivets, Unpainted Nape Strap Snaps, Unpainted Snaps & Numbered AM Stay Nape Strap, Leather Sweatband with OD Green "Alligator" Clips, Very Light / Almost Khaki Webbing and a Brass Grommet to the Front for placing an insignia. The exterior finish has some soiling, dirt and age but is excellent. The Leather Sweatband shows Age, Wear, Staining and Some Drying, but is very soft and flexible. It is not cracked through or broken. The interior finish of the HELMET is in such excellent condition that the Heat Lot Number is NOT Visible at all. This being an Early War Helmet, it may very well be the helmet Private Bloss was issued when he joined the Army in 1943. It MAY be the helmet he wore while serving in the European Theater of Operations during the Battle of the Bulge and other engagements with the 51st Engineers and 13th Corps, 9th Army in 1944 and 1945.2. M41 Field Jacket - FAIR to GOOD CONDITION - This jacket shows moderate to heavy wear, soiling and damage, but is complete and still displays very well. It bears a 9th Army Patch to the left shoulder and still maintains all of its original buttons. The Original CONMAR Zipper is Still in Place and Functions Perfectly!!! There is a 2 inch by 2 inch "L" shaped tear to the upper left chest, a three inch tear to the right elbow and wear to the cuffs. There are also several small holes scattered to the sleeves. It is a Size 42 Regular in size and measures 21 Inches from Armpit to Armpit. The sleeves are 23 Inches from the top of the shoulder seam to the cuff. Overall a nice jacket and since it is an early war M41, this may very well be the jacket that Private Bloss wore in the ETO during the Battle of the Bulge!3. M45 Field Jacket - GOOD CONDITION - Complete with all buttons and original tag. Jacket exhibits light age and wear with no readily apparent damage. It DOES exhibit heavy soiling to the back of the LEFT arm and moderate soiling to the back of the right arm. All buttons are present as is the draw string to the waist. The original tag is still present to the collar. The jacket is a Size 42 Regular and the chest measures 21 Inches from Armpit to Armpit and the Sleeves Measure 23 Inches from the shoulder seam to the cuff. Overall a very solid jacket that may clean up well. 4. Enlistedman's Wool Field Shirt - POOR TO FAIR CONDITION - Shirt is solid but shows HEAVY Soiling, Age and Wear. There are scattered moth nips as well. The shirt shows fading and staining, but no large holes. It bears a 13th Corps Patch to the Left Shoulder and a 9th Army Patch to the Right Shoulder. Both patches are in very good condition. The Original Two Place Ribbon Bar is Still Pinned to the Left Chest and bears an Army Good Conduct Ribbon and a European Theater of Operation's Ribbon with THREE, Yes THREE Bronze Stars signifying an extensive time period in the ETO! The left sleeve also bears THREE Hash Marks. The shirt is named to Private Bloss in Large Handwritten Letters to the interior back of the shirt. His service number also appears as BLOSS6564. All handwriting is still very clear and readable. The size tag is still present and states that the shirt is a 14 1/2 - 34. This shirt looks like it definitely saw some action during the war!4. BOYT Manufactured 1944 Duffel Bag - VERY GOOD CONDITION - No damage, holes or tears, but does show age, wear and soiling from long term storage in a barn. Duffel bag is Complete and all metal grommets, hooks and fasteners are in place and in good condition as well. The metal shows age and wear tot he paint of the metal portions. The bag maintains an ORIGINAL World War Two Railway Express Agency Tag stating that Private Bloss Was at Fort Bragg at the time it was placed there. Overall this is a very solid, great looking duffel bag that held the helmet for nearly 70 years!5. WWII Enlisted Wool Service Trousers (Not Pictured) - FAIR to GOOD CONDITION - NAMED to Private Bloss. Worn, stained and soiled, but NO holes or moth damage. Heaviest soiling to the area of the knees. MAY dry clean to be a nice pair of trousers. Size tag is still present to the waistband and states they are a size 32 x 33. Missing one button from the fly.6. WWII Soldiers Money Belt - EXCELLENT CONDITION - In ORIGINAL Wartime Box and has Private Bloss' Name and Hometown of Jackson, Ohio written in his handwriting on the OD Green waistband. Would be in Mint Condition but the metal buckles have some very light rust.7. Sixteen Wartime Postcards Written Between September and December of 1943 - VERY GOOD CONDITION - These postcards consist of 8 written to Private Bloss while in training with the Famed 51st Combat Engineers at Camp Abbot, Oregon and at the Atlanta Ordnance Depot in Atlanta, Georgia. When he completed training at Camp Abbot, he continued his Combat Engineering Training at the Atlanta Ordnance, Depot. The post cards outline a good bit of his training and give good insight into what his days were like at that time. The post cards from his family detail what is going on in their lives and how they worry about him and the war. The post cards state that he was in 1ST PLATOON, COMPANY B, 51ST ENGINEER BATTALION.Overall this is a WONDERFUL and AMAZING COLLECTION that comes to you straight from Private Bloss' Barn on his property in Jackson, Ohio. Every item is UNALTERED and Exactly as it was when we obtained it! We GUARANTEE Every Item to Be From Private Bloss and Used or Worn by him during World War II. Keep in mind that HE FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. He may have been with the Famous 51st Combat Engineers at the time they built the famed REMAGEN BRIDGE. Whether fighting with the 51st at Remagen or with the 13th Corps, Either Way HE WAS AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE! Some of these very items may have been with him during those hellish, brutal days of WWII. This is a MUSEUM QUALITY Collection due to its tremendous history! These items could be the centerpiece of ANY WWII Collection Anywhere in the World! This collection could be easily researched! You will be astounded when you see these items and will be extremely proud to own them! PLEASE EXAMINE ALL PHOTOS CLOSELY and ask any questions that you may have! Thank you for looking and good luck offerding!!!OBITUARY OF HENRY JAMES BLOSS:Unfortunately, we found out yesterday that Henry James Bloss passed away on Friday, 26 July 2013. We were very saddened to hear of his death. Our deepest sympathies and heart-felt condolences are with the Bloss family. Mr. Bloss was and always will be a true hero to all of us throughout the U.S.A. and Europe who owe our freedom to men like him.
From the Jackson County Ohio Daily News:
James Bloss 88, a lifelong resident of Jackson, Ohio passed away Friday, July
26, 2013 at the Edgewood Manor Nursing Facility of Wellston. He was born April
21, 1925 in Jackson, Ohio and was the son of the late Henry and Beatrice Lowe
Bloss. He was retired from the DT&I Railroad and was a Veteran of the
United States Army, serving in WW II.
He is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren as well as his brother and sister of Jackson, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris Claar Bloss; infant daughter and brother Charles Bloss.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home with Diaconal minister Janie Karl officiating with burial to follow in the Fairmount Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the DAV Chapter 45. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the funeral home. Bless you Henry James Bloss. . .
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