A desirable Imperial German Gardes du Corps enlisted dress helmet is included for sale in the March 2018 Militaria & Wartime Memorabilia Auction. The helmet is complete with liner, chinstrap, and cockades. Stamped on the lower rear with the initials GKR and number 88. Imperial German Gardes du Corps enlisted dress helmets are particularly scarce within the market. Military headgear collectors will enjoy the opportunity to bid on and own this piece of military headgear.
The Gardes du Corps (Regiment der Gardes du Corps), founded in 1740 by Frederick the Great, was the personal bodyguard of the king of Prussia and, after 1871, of the German emperor (in German, the Kaiser). Its first commander was Friedrich von Blumenthal, who died unexpectedly in 1745; his brother Hans von Blumenthal, who, with the other officers of the regiment had won the Pour le Mérite in its first action at the battle of Hohenfriedberg, assumed command in 1747. Hans von Blumenthal was badly wounded leading the regiment in a successful cavalry charge in the battle of Lobositz and had to retire from the military.
Initially, the Regiment was used in part as a training unit for officers as part of a program of expansion of the cavalry. Early officers included the rake and memoirist Friedrich von der Trenck, who described the arduous life of sleep deprivation and physical stress endured by officers, as well as the huge cost of belonging to the unit. Unlike the rest of the Imperial German Army after German unification in 1871, the Garde du Corps was recruited nationally.
Bid now on this Imperial German Gardes du Corps enlisted dress helmet - Lot 28316 of the March 26th 2018 Military & Wartime Collectibles Auction. Bidding is open to everyone by floor, live telephone, absentee, and Internet.
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