This is a German soldiers M42 steel helmet lovely condition for a battle damaged relic it has been very well cleaned in fact over cleaned it is light pitted mostly on the inside the outside still smooth to the touch it has a blast impact hit with holes and cracks directly in to the side of it. The helmet has no real original paintwork as it has been so well cleaned and over cleaned it is very smooth to the touch but missing its liner. The helmet has only very light surface rust but no thick heavy rust due to the clean it is in nice solid condition and not braking up or crumbling it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and is a cracking find from the battlefield so very rare to find in such good condition. The helmet was recovered near Aachen from the September-October 1944 battle to capture the city.
The battle was fought from the 13th September until the 21st October in and around the city of Aachen between American and German forces. After the Wehrmacht’s retreat to the German border the city had been made a part of the German Siegfried Line defences, also known as the West wall. Although the Allies had hoped that the city would fall quickly the Germans put up a tenacious defence which disrupted American plans for that period. The battle of Aachen was one of the largest urban battles fought by the US Army during the war. Hitler issued a Fuhrer directive. There was no room for strategic manoeuvre now that the enemy had reached German soil: every man was to "stand fast or die at his post." The city was defended by the 81st Corps by the time the Americans captured the city about 1,600 German troops surrendered bringing the total number of German prisoners of war to 3,473 out of the original garrison of about 5,000.
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