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  • French M26 Adrain helmet, nice relic condition used by soldier of the 5th Motorized Division recovered near the Village of Oppy North of Arras defended by them during the Battle of Arras in May 1940 during the German Invasion of France.

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    This is a French Army  M26 Adrain helmet used by soldier of the 5th Motorized Division which is a complete shell but is missing its badge and has a impact dent on one side. The helmet has no leather liner or chin strap but still has some of its original paintwork it does have a fair bit of surface rust all over the helmet it has been very well cleaned and is a very solid shell perfect for display or any collection. This Adrian helmet worn by a soldier of the 5th Motorized Division recovered near the Village of Oppy North of Arras defended by them during them during the battle .The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.

    The battle of Arras on the 21st May was an Allied counter-attack against the flank of the German Army,near the town of Arras in North-Eastern France.The German forces were pushing North under Rommel towards the channel coast,to trap the Allied forces that had advanced in to Belgium.The counter-attack at Arras was an Allied attempt to cut through the German armoured spearhead and frustrate the German advance.The Anglo-French attack made early gains and panicked some German units but was repulsed after an advance of up to 6.2 miles and forced to withdraw after dark to avoid encirclement.General Rommel noted in his diary that his division had lost 89 men killed, 116 wounded and 173 men missing and captured, as many as the first four days of operations,which included the Meuse crossing,although 90 of themissing returned to their units. But later records show the 7th Panzer Division loss nine medium and several light Tanks,378 men killed or wounded and 173 missing.The British records show almost 400 Germans taken prisoner and the British lost around 100 men killed or wounded in the attack, it is unknown how many French soldiers became casualties in the engagement.The French lost 60 of the 88 Tanks that went in to the attack. 


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