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    This is a German soldiers M42 helmet which is a nice solid relic and the rare bit single Army decal very clear to see and complete with its leather liner.The helmet still has a small amount of its original dark green paintwork on the inside and on the outside but the leather liner is the most amazing part the leather is still its original colour and very solid not braking up at all dried out perfectly and it is still attached to its metal liner ring but there is no chin strap .The shell is rusty but only has one large rust hole on the front rim it is still very solid also has some remains of dirt and clay attached from the sticky and muddy ground it was recovered from but it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and one of the best decals and leather liner i have seen on a recovered German helmet.This helmet was recovered from the area of the Bourguebus ridge captured by the British and Canadians during Operation Goodwood the battle was fought on the 18-21 July 1944 in Normandy.

    On the 18th of July tanks of the British 8th Corps were stopped in there advance onto the Bourguébus Ridge by the 1st SS Panzer Division, the commander of the 2nd British Army, General Dempsey, ordered the Canadians to take the village of Bras which lays in front of the ridge. The order came late in the afternoon on July 19th also that day all three armoured divisions continued to fight their way forward towards the Bourguébus Ridge despite heavy opposition, taking Bras, Hubert-Folie and Soliers. The 11th Armoured Division lost 65 more tanks. The Germans remained in possession of Bourguébus itself, La Hogue and Frenouville. The 3rd British Division, on the front of the 1st Corps, was stopped short of Troarn.On the 20th July saw Bourguébus and Frenouville fall to the 8th Corps before operations ground to a halt as the Germans dug in but the Ridge was finally taken and cleared of all Germans on the 21st July with the Germans falling back to there next defensive line.


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