This is a German M16 helmet remains which is missing one side it is thin metal as it has rusted but is nice and solid not braking up or falling apart. The helmet has been very well cleaned still retains its famous shape it does have some rust holes and rust damage and still has original black paint remains on the inside it is a nice relic helmet which was recovered in Chatel Wood part of the American in the Meuse Argonne Forest the 1918 battlefield where the Americans suffered very heavy losses pushing back the Germans in well fortified positions a very iconic relic from this very famous battle fought so late on in the war. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Maas-Argonne Offensive and the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought from 26 September 1918, until the Armistice of 11 November 1918, a total of 47 days. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers, and was one of a series of Allied attacks known as the Hundred Days Offensive, which brought the war to an end. The battle cost 28,000 German lives and 26,277 American lives, making it the largest and bloodiest operation of World War I for the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), which was commanded by General John J. Pershing, and one of the deadliest battles in American history. American losses were exacerbated by the inexperience of many of the troops and tactics used during the early phases of the operation.
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