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  • German blown apart M40 helmet used by soldier in the SS Totenkopf Division recovered outside old German SS dugout in the Demyansk Pocket near Leningrad in Russia,1942 battlefield

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    This is a German SS Totenkopf Division soldiers M40 steel helmet which is blast damaged that has been blown apart down one side cant be 100% sure its SS as no decal but where it was found very likely. The helmet has no real decal or paint remains no liner either and is rusty and in relic condition but still solid condition not braking up it is perfect for display and a rare one for any collection. The helmet was recovered outside old German SS dugout in the Demyansk Pocket in Russia the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from the this most famous battle on the Eastern Front. The helmet comes with A5 laminated information card.

    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.

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