This is a German M16 helmet fantastic condition still smooth to the touch on the outside inside not so good but with light surface rust all over the shell is very near complete with a blast crack in the top but has no rust holes at all but with no leather liner or chin strap either.The helmet is in relic but solid condition not braking up or crumbling it does still have mostly on the inside some dry concrete remains attached this could be cleaned off with a lot more effort the helmet has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection and is really border line semi-relic good enough for that.The helmet was recovered from the field where Red Chateau used to stand in the village of Courcelette which was captured in September 1916 on the Somme battlefield.This helmet was recovered many years ago and has been in a private collection ever since now avilable.
The village of Courcelette were the scene of very heavy fighting in September 1916. On the 15th, the village was included in the extreme left of the Allied attack and was taken by the 2nd Canadian Division supported by tanks, with the 4th and 6th Brigades storming the outer trenches and the sugar factory, and the 5th Brigade seizing the village. It was destroyed by German artillery after its capture and remained very close to the front line until the German retreat in the following spring.
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