This is a very rare German M40 helmet white painted snow camouflage paintwork remains which is overpainted on to the famous green paintwork of which is still all over the inside of the helmet very clear to see this helmet really retains an awful lot of original colour. The helmet has the single eagle decal again very clear to see it has no leather liner or chin strap it is fairly smooth to the touch it is rusty and pitted with a few pin prick rust holes but has what looks like a impact crack in the top but is lovely and solid not braking up or falling apart at all it has been very well cleaned as is perfect for display or any collection and a very rare helmet to find from the battlefield especially in this condition. The helmet was recovered near Massa on the Gothic Line in Italy from the December 1944 battlefield for the German offensive operation winter storm or used in the defensive action on the front until near the end of the war. The helmet was recovered many years ago and had been in the local museum at Monte Cassino until it closed down in 2015.A very nice relic from the very famous Italian battlefield.
The Battle of Garfagnana is the name of the small-scale German-Italian Christmas offensive conducted on the Apennines between 26-28 December 1944. The Germans called it Unternehmen Wintergewitter. In English, it is referred to as Operation Winter Storm. It was the last meaningful feat of arms of the dying Rome-Berlin Axis. It is also one of the last examples of German tactical and operational mastery. The German 14th Army using a mixed Italian / German force of some eight infantry battalions, launched a limited objectives attack on the left wing of the U.S. Fifth Army in the Serchio valley in front of Lucca.All the objectives of the German offensive were attained: the US 5th Army was tactically tripped out; Allied reserves were moved to a secondary sector; Italian Social Republican troops' morale was boosted by the success; the Axis gained a slightly better defensive situation on the Western Appennines, and indeed, the new front line stayed more or less intact until the April 1945 Axis collapse.
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