Hi, postman dropped off a big box for me today. I hope all will enjoy some pictures. All items I was told by seller/digger, come from, and were dug the Narva area battlefields, Estonia. Sorry if this is the wrong section, and I will re-post if need be.
2 M40 German helmets, 1 with what appears to be, now that I look at it in person, a fairly thick coat of green paint with what looks like sand added to it. Camo sand paint?? The other M40 is a grey color, fieldgrau?
The green sand? helmet was a green color to begin with, there are spots of the original paint in the crown area, and it is very green looking to me. Apple green??
Also 1 SSh39 Soviet helmet with some nice paint left, which I do not think is common for relic Russian helmets. It has battle damage. There is an entrance, and exit hole, and also the helmet got hit very hard with shrapnel or something, causing a fairly large dent, and a stress crack. The Helmet seems much lighter than a SSh40 hemet for some reason. Maybe the steel, or thickness. I have never had SSh39 to examine before, so no expert.
Also some other items I purchased, a piece of a Maxim MG belt, a Stalingrad medal, 2 UZRG handles, S-mine adapters, grenade cap and pull bead. Also there is a Beer?? bottle, dated 44, given as a gift for buying all the other items. Very nice bottle. I used to drink a lot of beer, but not lately. My liver is mad at me.
If it is a beer bottle, does anyone know what brand and kind of beer it was?? pilsner, dark, light etc. Did this type of bottle have a metal flip off type of cap, like a modern type cap, or other?
These are great Items I think, and are my favorites now. I have always wanted a nice German & Russian helmet to display with my weapon and Ord. collection, and I found them.
I find now that I would MUCH rather have a couple helmets like these, that have never been touched since the war, and just found, than a mint example that has been floating around different collections & collectors for years. Helmets and articles like this talk to you, they have a story, and a history. They make you think.
It is great all the diggers and archeologists are finding these items to be preserved by collectors and historians.