This is a rare find from the battlefield German soldiers M18 steel helmet re used by the Wehrmacht re issued late war.This helmet which is in very nice solid condition for a relic which has some clear to see original green camouflage paintwork this helmet has battle damage with 2 small impact holes on the top clear to see punched though properly shrapnel from the impact of an explosion the helmet also has a few small rust holes it is rusty but still solid not braking up or falling apart.The helmet has no leather liner but has its liner ring and chin strap holders it has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and very rare to get a re issued helmet from the battlefield but an M18 even rarer.The helmet has been recovered from the woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.
The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
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