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  • German medical soldiers M42 helmet with red cross remains recovered from near Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the battle of the bulge 1944-1945

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    This is a very rare German soldiers M42 helmet which is a medics helmet with the remains of the red painted cross still visible and still has a fair amount of red paint remains mostly on one side of the helmet but can be seen in bits on the rest of the helmet on the outside.The helmet is in relic and rusty condition with some rust holes and some rust damage all over but still very solid overall.The helmet has no liner or chin strap it has been very nicely cleaned and for such a heavy rusted helmet to still have paint still showing is amazing and rare it is still very solid not braking up or crumbling and is perfect for display or any collection.The helmet was recovered  from the woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures. 

    The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

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