This is a rare find from the battlefield German soldiers M18 steel helmet re used by the Wehrmacht re issued late war to a soldier in the Panzer Lehr Division. This helmet which is in very nice solid condition for a relic which has some clear to see original green camouflage paintwork mostly on the outside and has a clear to see decal remains as well the helmet has some rust holes and rust damage it is rusty but still solid not braking up or falling apart. The helmet has no leather liner but has its liner ring this has size stamp 62 on it the aluminium ring was still attached inside the helmet when recovered but has come away after cleaning the helmet has been very nicely cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection and very rare to get a re issued helmet from the battlefield but an M18 even rarer. The helmet has been recovered from the woods in the area of the battle on the Longvilly road near Bastogne in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.
The battle on the Longvilly road took place on the 19th December 1944 when an American force under Colonel Cherry came under attack by German Panzer Lehr Division along the road between Longvilly and Bastogne the Americans lost around 200 vehicles in the battle.
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