This is a Very rare to find Czechoslovakian M32 steel helmet which were re used by the Germans this one is in semi-relic condition at worst. The helmet over painted green post war and has no original paintwork that can be seen it is in very nice solid condition it has no damage, no rust holes and only some light surface rust in places it has no liner but does have its chin strap holding brackets still attached. The helmet would make a brilliant restoration project it was recovered from the Dunkirk pocket many years ago has been over painted since to protect it. The helmet was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield. The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
The Vz32 was the last of many Czech helmet designs and were issued in the 1930's and saw service right through to the German Invasion. These helmets would be continued to be worn well after with the German Luftschutz and the German Allied Slovak Army also non front line troops on the Eastern Front.
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