This is a German Soldiers M40 pattern steel Helmet the shell is complete it has blast damage cracks in the top of it properly from an explosion it is still covered in mud and dirt from the recovery which makes this helmet a little heavier then normal the helmet is rusty but solid and rare to get in such nice condition for a battlefield find from this area.This helmet was very recently recovered from the battlefield at the Seelow Heights in 1945 the opening battle for Berlin.A very nice relic in as found condition from this famous battlefield.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
German soldiers in the battle at Seelow Heights in 1945
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