This is a German Luftwaffe Soldiers M40 pattern Helmet with major battle damage missed shaped with blast cracks and holes from the impact of an explosion.The helmet still has a lot of original dark blue paintwork which could even be black it is so dark but looks more dark blue it has as much paint on the outside as the inside and has been very well cleaned to make the paintwork stand out it has no decals that can be seen there is no liner or chin strap but considering the damage overall in a good and solid condition not falling apart or braking up at all it is perfect for display or any collection.The helmet was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of history from this famous battle on the Eastern Front in the Russian motherland not long after the German invasion.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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