German soldiers M40 helmet nice solid relic it has a lot of green paint remains which is clear to see and stands out nicely.The helmet is maker stamped and has size number of size 57 still visible on the inside of it does have major blast damage from an explosion with cracks all over it is near complete just missing some chunks which ripped off in the explosion it is very solid and it is missing its liner it has been varnished to protect it.The Helmet was recovered from the Gustav line in Italy which held the Allied advance for 6 months and was the centre of very heavy fighting a cracking relic from this 1943-1944 battlefield
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The center of the Gustav line crossed the main route north to Rome at strategically crucial Highway 6. It followed the Liri Valley and was anchored around the mountains behind the town of Cassino. Above it stood the ancient Benedictine sanctuary of Monte Cassino, which dominated the valley entrance, and Monte Cairo, which gave the defenders clear observation of potential attackers advancing towards the valley mouth. A bloody and protracted battle was waged over the monastery, known as the Battle of Monte Cassino. The north end of the line was held by the coastal town of Ortona, captured by Canadian forces in the fierce Battle of Ortona in December 1943 which became known as "the little Stalingrad".
The Gustav Line, though ultimately broken, effectively slowed the Allied advance for months between December 1943 and June 1944. Major battles in the assault on the Winter Line at Monte Cassino and Anzio alone resulted in 98,000 Allied casualties and 60,000 Axis casualties.