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  • US soldiers M1 steel helmet nice condition relic battlefield recovered from local Museum which has closed down around Monte Cassino in Italy

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    This is a US Soldiers M1 Helmet which is a nice solid relic it is missing its liner but the shell is in nice condition with some of its original green paint remains.The helmet has a hole in the top and has few small dents in it from use the shell is missing its chin strap holders.The helmet was found many years ago from the battlefield around Monte Cassino in Italy and had been in a local Museum for many years until the Museum recently closed down and this helmet along with many other items were bought by a local collector who has now sold some on so this helmet is now available for sale for the first time ever outside of Italy since the war. A very nice a rare relic from the Battles around the Monte Cassino Hills and the famous Abbey.

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    The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign.At the beginning of 1944, the western half of the Winter Line was being anchored by Germans holding the Rapido-Gari, Liri and Garigliano valleys and some of the surrounding peaks and ridges. Together, these features formed the Gustav Line. Monte Cassino, a historic hilltop abbey founded in AD 529 by Benedict of Nursia, dominated the nearby town of Cassino and the entrances to the Liri and Rapido valleys. Lying in a protected historic zone, it had been left unoccupied by the Germans. They had manned some positions set into the steep slopes below the abbey's walls.Repeated pinpoint artillery attacks on Allied assault troops caused their leaders to conclude the abbey was being used by the Germans as an observation post, at the least. Fears escalated along with casualties and in spite of a lack of clear evidence, it was marked for destruction. On 15 February American bombers dropped 1,400 tons of high explosives, creating widespread damage. The raid failed to achieve its objective, as German paratroopers occupied the rubble and established excellent defensive positions amid the ruins.

    Between 17 January and 18 May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops, the last involving twenty divisions attacking along a twenty-mile front. The German defenders were finally driven from their positions, but at a high cost. The capture of Monte Cassino resulted in 55,000 Allied casualties, with German losses being far fewer, estimated at around 20,000 killed and wounded.

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    US troops in Italy in early 1945