This is a German soldiers M40 helmet nice solid example still smooth to the touch but with some pitting it does have a very small amount of green paint remains.The helmet has some major battle damage it has blast damage cracks also ripped and bent at the front the whole helmet has miss shaped due to the impact of the explosion.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 M40 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.
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