This is a Rare German Waffen SS Totenkopf Division soldiers M40 helmet fantastic condition single decal.This helmet which is in nice condition for a relic still with some paintwork on the outside black painted on the inside the very rare bit of the helmet is the SS decal which is fantastic clear as this was done with a lead base paint different to the rest of the helmet and has survived better then the rest of the paintwork on the helmet the decal has no real damage just bit rusted and pitted from the recovery the shell is very solid and is not braking up or falling apart at all.This fantastic condition helmet has some impact hole and dent on one side from an explosion the top of the helmet has rusted though on the inside it has a couple of bits of liner ring attached but it has no leather liner or chin strap but still such a rare helmet to get from the battlefield.The helmet was recovered from near a SS Totenkopf Division 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 and comes with a 5x7 laminated information sheet with photographs of the helmet being recovered in Russia and picture of it before it was cleaned still covered in mud after it was recovered.
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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.
Troops fighting in the Demyansk Pocket and SS Totenkopf Division troops fighting in Russia