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  • German M40 helmet with paintwork remains,battle damaged used by soldier of the 5th Parachute Division recovered in the forest outside Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border in the Ardennes Forest battle of the bulge 1944-1945

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    This is a German M40 helmet with paintwork remains and battle damaged used by soldier of the 5th Parachute Division.The helmet which is a nice solid relic smooth to the touch in places it is pitted but not to badly the helmet still with some green paintwork on the outside but nothing on the inside non of the decals can be seen.The helmet has no liner ring or liner left in place but it has clear battle damage a blasted hole in the top of the helmet with blast cracks but still a very solid shell it has been very well cleaned retains some small amount of original colour and is perfect for display or any collection.This helmet is rusty in places but is not braking up or crumbling it does still have some dirt attached from the recovery it has cleaned up lovely and is a cracking find from this famous battlefield.The helmet has been recovered from the forest outside of the town of Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border the area was attacked and captured by the German 5th Parachute Division on 16-18th December 1944 during the German offensive in the Ardennes Forest the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. A very nice and unusual relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.

    German 5th Parachute Division was a fallschirmjager (paratroop) division in the German Luftwaffe it was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke and was the last division to receive near full fallschirmjäger training. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.For the Ardennes offensive it was in the German 7th Army part of the 85th infantry Division attacking on the southern flank of the attack towards Luxembourg.

    Bulge MapThe German helmet of the Normandy Campaign