This is a German M16 helmet which is the 1917 production or M17 as it is called which is in relic but solid condition .This helmet still has the remains of the metal liner ring but the rare bit it still has some original paintwork on it green paintwork around the bottom edges of the shell which does have some rust holes in it but is rusty but not not braking up or crumbling and very rare to find from the battlefield with paint on.This helmet was recovered on The battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres.A very nice find from the famous Ypres battlefield.
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Passchendaele is a small village five miles north-east of
Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is
known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the
Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on
Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July
1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.
German pow's taken at Passchendaele in 1917