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    This is a British or Canadian soldiers 1st Pattern Brodie Helmet it is a relic and has no liner or chin strap but a nice and rare find from the battlefield.The helmet is very rusty but still in nice solid condition with some rust holes and battle damage ripped and bent by an explosion by the looks of it there is no paintwork the helmet has been left in as found condition still with mud and dirt attached.This is very rare to get such a nice solid Brodie helmet which would have been used by a British or Canadian solider in the fighting to capture the trench in October 1916 battle and from the battlefield in general as they normally now just brake up when they are found due to rusting away as they were not as well made and thinner metal then other helmets.This helmet was recovered in 2016 from Regina trench defensive position near the village of Courcelette the October 1916 battlefield on the Somme.This is a fantastic condition relic recovered 3 years ago on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916.

    Regina Trench (Staufen Riegel) was a German Trench dug along the north-facing slope of a ridge running from north-west of the village of Le Sars south-westwards to Stuff Redoubt (Staufenfeste), close to the German fortifications at Thiepval on the Somme battlefield. It was the longest such trench on the German front during the First world war. Attacked several times by the Canadian Corps during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, the 5th Canadian corps briefly controlled a section of the trench on 1 October but was repulsed by counter-attacks of the German Marine Brigade (equivalent to an army division), which had been brought from the Belgian coast. An attack on 8 October, by the 1st Canadian Division and the 3rd Canadian Division on Regina Trench also failed.On 21 October, the 4th Canadian Division attacked the western portion of Regina Trench, as the 18th Division, 25th Division and the 39th Division of II Corps, attacked the part further west (known as Stuff Trench to the British). The Canadians met little opposition and gained the objective, as the II Corps divisions captured Stuff Trench in thirty minutes, giving the British control of the Thiepval Ridge. Three counter-attacks were repulsed by the Canadians and by 22 October, more than a thousand Germans had been taken prisoner. The east end of the trench was captured by the 4th Canadian Division during the night of 10/11 November.


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