This is a Rare German Waffen SS Totenkopf Division soldiers M40 helmet single decal with battle damage.The helmet with a lot of original white camouflage paintwork these helmets are very rare to find.This helmet which is in nice condition for a relic solid but with so much white winter camouflage paint still clear to see but the very rare bit the remains of the SS decal can be seen the shell is very solid and is not braking up or falling apart at all.This fantastic condition helmet has some impact holes and dents from an explosion you can clearly see ware shrapnel has ripped thorough the helmet it is a lovely helmet with one of the best winter camouflage paintwork helmets i have had and to still be able to see some of the decal it has no leather liner or chin strap.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.
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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