This is a German soldiers M35 helmet nice solid example still smooth to the touch but with some pitting it the helmet has been cleaned in something to help preserve it .The helmet has some major battle damage it has blast damage cracks also ripped and bent the whole helmet has miss shaped due to the impact of the explosion with front rim blown out.The helmet is rusty but still very solid for a relic it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.It is very rare to get in such nice solid condition M35 helmet with so much battle damage from the battlefield a helmet lost in the battle for the Forest. This helmet along with some others were recovered in a pit full of German equipment buried during the battle in the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgium border this was the scene of a massive battle from September to December 1944 with the Germans trying to stop the American advance in to Germany.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic. Below Panzer 4 Tank knocked out in the Hurtgen Forest.
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