This is a German soldiers M42 helmet which still has very clear to see lots of original green paintwork inside and outside. The helmet has a lot of battle damage with clear impact holes in the front and one side it has ripped and bent by the impact of an explosion. This helmet is rusty and pitted but is still smooth to the touch in some places it is very solid and not braking up or falling apart at all it has been very well cleaned and retains a lot of original colour it is perfect for display or any collection and rare to get so battle damaged with paintwork. The helmet was recovered in Estonia from the battlefield of Narva which was fought from February 2, 1944 - August 10, 1944 and there were SS and Wehrmacht units involved in the fighting. And which resulted in a rare German victory in 1944 holding off the soviet advance the bottom picture shows German soldiers fighting during the battle.
The Battle of Narva took place from February 2, 1944 - August 10, 1944. This battle was fought between the German Army led by Johannes Friebner and Felix Stenier and the Soviet Union led by Loenid Govorov and Ivan Fedyuninsky.Basically, the only reason for this battle was Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin wanted the area around Narva (Estonia) for an air base and an intrance for the invasion of Prussia. However, things didn't go as Stalin planned. The German Army hit the Soviets fast and hard resulting in 480,000 casualties compared to Germany's 68,000. The German forces involved the battle were III SS (Germanic) Panzer Corps XXVI Army Corps XXXXIII Army Corps Eastern sector, coastal defence.
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