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  • German RAD [Reich Labour Service] soldiers M42 helmet complete- green paintwork remains found with RAD buckles recovered in the area of the village of Marinovka which was defended by the 297th Infantry Division during the battle of 1942-1943 at Stalingrad

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    This is a German soldiers M42 helmet which still has a fair bit of original green paintwork mostly on the outside at least 40%-50% but has no decals to see. The helmet has no real damage and only 2 small rust holes in the back. This helmet is lightly rusted and a bit pitted but is still smooth to the touch pretty much all over it is very solid and not braking up or falling apart at all it has been very well cleaned and retains some original colour it is perfect for display or any collection and rare to get recovered from the battlefield with this little amount of damage. The helmet was recovered in the area of the village of Marinovka which was defended by the 297th Infantry Division during the battle of 1942-1943 at Stalingrad in Russia. The helmet comes with a A5 laminated information card.


    The role of the RAD was not limited to combat support functions. Hundreds of RAD units received training as anti-aircraft units and were deployed as RAD Flak Batteries. Several RAD units also performed combat on the eastern front as infantry. As the German defences were devastated, more and more RAD men were committed to combat. During the final months of the war, RAD men formed 6 major frontline units, which were involved with serious fighting.

    On June 10, 1942, the 297th division began crossing the Seversky Donets river by assault boat, constructing a bridge for other units, including the 14th Panzer Division. The division continued to make inroads around the black sea to take down the industrial city of Stalingrad. During the battle some units within the division were seen to construct caves which would later be transformed into a field hospital and an equipment storage room. The division fought in the ruined city until Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrender of the 6th Army in January 1943

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