This is a German soldier of the 9th Panzer Division M42 steel helmet it is in relic and rusty condition with rust holes it is battle damaged and has impact cracks and blast damage on the top it does have some black 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 but has been nicely cleaned it is still very solid and is perfect for display or any collection .The helmet was worn by a German soldier of the 9th Panzer Division it was recovered near the town of Bad Honnef which was attacked by them on the 11th March 1945 during the German counter attack against the American Army to re capture the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with pictures.
The 9th Panzer Division was a Panzer Division of the Wehrmacht. It came into existence after 4th Light Division was reorganized in January 1940. The division was headquartered in Vienna. Originally raised from Austrian forces annexed into Germany before the war, the 9th Panzer Division was part of most of the German Army's early Blitzkrirg attacks into western Europe. Sweeping east, the division was then a component of Operation Barbarossa, the German attack on the Soviet Union; it was badly mauled at the Battle of KURSK. Returning to France to rebuild in 1944, the division was rushed to counter Operation Overlord. It was destroyed several successive times by British and American forces as the German Army was pushed back across Europe. The division suffered massive casualties in armor and personnel until it finally collapsed in March 1945. The division's few survivors were pushed into the Ruhr pocket where they surrendered to the Allies at the end of the war.
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