This is a German soldiers M42 pattern Helmet which is complete with its liner ring that has no leather liner left on it.The helmet does have a lot of its dark green paintwork which looks like it has been partly over painted white the winter snow camouflage partly clear to see on the outside and not much at all on the inside no decals can be seen so it could well be a SS helmet but no way of every knowing for sure.The helmet has been very well cleaned to make the paintwork stand out helmets like this are very rare to find with the amount of paintwork.The helmet is rusty all over with a few small rust holes that is all nothing to bad it is still covered in some dirt and muck it is overall in a good and solid condition not braking up or falling apart at all it has cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection.This helmet is a rare to find battlefield recovered SS relic.
The helmet was recovered from water either a lake,river or stream[the precise location is not being shared at the moment due to the request of the person who recovered the item] it is in the area of the municipality of Sochau near the town of Furstenfeld in Austria where on 12th May 1945 the German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking along with the remnants of other German units surrendered to the Americans at the end of the war.If this item was used by the SS Wiking Division for 100% sure is not deferentially know because there were some other troops who were there as well shattered remnants of other units but properly more then likely about 95% that it was used by them as most of the troops there were 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.
German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking in Febuary 1944 the Wiking was the only armoured unit in the Cherkassy Pocket. The Wiking managed to break out of the pocket by cooperating with the 5th SS attack brigade Wallonien and the battalion Narwa, which were the attacking units. The division, which had suffered great losses and had only about one thousand men and no vehicles left after the battles, was sent to be reorganized. From July to December 1944 the division once again had rough battles in Poland, on the Vistula front. In August 1944 the division had 151 tanks and 19 attack cannons, but the attack still failed.
In January 1945 the division was sent to Hungary, where it tried to break into the besieged Budapest. They fought and retreated at the same time from Stühlweissenburg to Fürstenfeld in Czech, where the division surrendered on May 12, 1945 in the Radstadt area.Below pictures are troops from the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking and there badge.
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