This is a German M34 pattern police Helmet which has been in a fire but is still smooth to the touch in some places on the outside.The helmet still has a lot of original dark green paintwork on the outside the inside is very burnt from the fire so could have been used as a make shift cooking pot by the soldiers trapped in the pocket.The helmet has a chunk missing from the top and a few small rust holes it has been very well cleaned to make the paintwork stand out but has no decals that can be seen there is no liner or chin strap this is unusual to find a battlefield used police helmet and one in such good condition even rarer it is nice and solid condition 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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