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  • German stormtrooper soldier M16 helmet with battle damage over painted after recovery originally recovered in Marrett wood the battle of 27-28 March 1918 during the battle of Dernancourt

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    This is a German stormtrooper soldiers M16 helmet which is deferentially used by a stormtrooper as they were the only German troops that fought in the battle.The helmet which has blast damage impact holes around top of it is in nice solid condition still fairly smooth to the touch with surface rust and heaver rust in places and some rust holes around the top as well. The helmet has no leather liner or chin strap and has been over painted post war after its recovery for display reasons as the helmet is very solid not braking up at all it was recovered years ago this is why such nice solid condition with so much battle damage it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a rare helmet to get from this 1918 battlefield it was recovered from  Marrett wood which was the scene of the fighting on the 27-28 March 1918 during the battle of Dernancourt with the Germans attacking the wood but being repulsed by the Australian troops of the 38th Battalion.A very rare relic from the 1918 Somme battlefield the scene of the German spring offensive in March- April 1918.


    Dernancourt, a village near Albert, witnessed some battles between German troops and 3rd and 4th Australian Divisions in March and April 1918. During World War I. Dernancourt was behind the line of the Allies. However, in March and April 1918, when the Germans attacked the Somme, Dernancourt became the new front line. The village was destroyed by shells and the inhabitants were force to leave. The 3rd and 4th Australian Divisions were asked for help by the end of March 1918 in order to stop the German troops.


    The 4th division then decided to put the main line of defense on the hills near Dernancourt and to use the rail backfill as a line of advanced post.

    On 3rd and 4th April 1918, the French civilians told the Australians than the German troops were in the village, in their cellars and basements. The German launched some attacks and mortar fires during two hours. Then the German tried to take the Australian position. After intense battles, the Germans were pushed back by the Australian bayonets. Some months after this defeat, the German Army was beaten.

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