This is a German soldiers M35/M40 steel helmet and has clear to see impact holes and damage the helmet is in 2 parts and still has a lot of dirt and muck attached pretty much as found condition. The helmet is rusty and in relic condition but still solid condition not braking up but is very heavily rusted and has lots of solid thick heavy rust but left alone on a shelve or stand it is perfect for display and a rare one for any collection. The helmet was recovered on the 18th November 2019 from the site of Destroyed German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.