This is a German soldiers M35 helmet which is very nicely cleaned relic the air holes have been filled in post war and it has been re used for something possibly a water bowl as the top of the helmet on the inside is very rusty with rust holes so could be from constant use with water to do that damage. The helmet is in relic and rusty condition with the rust holes on the top as mentioned and some rust damage around the sides but still very solid overall. The helmet has no liner or chin strap it has been very nicely cleaned with no original paintwork that can be seen it does have some post war over paint silver on the outside and no paint on the inside it is still very solid not braking up or crumbling and is perfect for display or any collection. The helmet was was originally found in the 1970's on Jersey in the channel islands from German occupation 1940-1945 and then ended up in a private collection where it has been for years but is very rare to get in this condition possibly good for a restoration project. It is rare to get any German equipment from the Channel Islands a very nice relic from the only bit of captured British soil.
The German Occupation of Jersey began one week after the British government had demilitarized the island fearing for the safety of civilians should there be any conflict. The codename for this was “Operation Green Arrow” and the initial German Air Force reconnaissance flights mistake civilian farming lorries for troop carriers. On the 28th of June, the German Air Force, not knowing of the demilitarization, bomb and machine gun multiple sites on the island. The attacks killed ten people and wound many more. A few days later on the 1 of July 1940 General Richthofen, The Commander of the German Air Forces in Normandy, dropped an ultimatum from the air demanding the immediate surrender of the island. White flags and crosses were placed in prominent positions, as stipulated by the Germans, and later that day Jersey was occupied by air-borne troops under the command of Hauptmann Gussek. Until 7.15am on 9 May 1945, on the quarter deck of HMS Bulldog, Second-in-Command for Guernsey General Siegfried Heine signed the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the German Command of the Channel Islands, effecting their capitulation. On completion of this, General Heine was then ordered to “immediately cause all German flags and ensigns now flying in the Channel Islands to be lowered”
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