This is a German M16 helmet which is in relic but solid condition.This helmet still has the remains of its leather liner ring this is very rare to find with the leather still in place in the helmet shell does have a blast crack down one side and the helmet does have some rust holes in it the shell is rusty but not braking up or crumbling and very rare to find from the battlefield.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
German M16 helmet 1917 pattern still with green paintwork and liner ring recovered from Passchendaele 1917 battlefield