This is a German soldiers M42 steel helmet which is in relic and rusty condition with some small rust holes it does have some very small remains of green paint remains inside. The helmet it is still very solid it is not braking up or falling apart at all it has no liner or chin strap it does still have some dirt attached in places from the recovery it has been nicely cleaned it is still very solid and is perfect for display or any collection. The helmet was recovered in 2013 just outside woods which was the site of one of the anti-aircraft batteries protecting Amiens Prison when Operation Jericho the RAF raid on the Prison took place on the 18th February 1944.The aim of the raid in Northern France was to try and release French resistance fighters who had been captured by the Germans. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
RAF Mosquito fighter-bombers breached the walls, prison buildings and destroyed the guards' barracks. Of the 832 prisoners, 102 were killed by the bombing, 74 were wounded and 258 escaped, including 79 Resistance and political prisoners; two-thirds of the escapees were recaptured. Two Mosquitos and a Typhoon fighter escort were shot down and another Typhoon was lost at sea. The raid is notable for the precision and daring of the attack, which was filmed by a camera on one of the Mosquitos. There is debate as to who requested the attack and whether it was necessary.