The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377
Many of the Stalingrad diggers will not trouble themselves with helmets unless they are in remarkable condition or rare. The International Shipping costs for such things are terrible from Russia. They also must go through Customs in Moscow before they will finally be released for overseas shipment, and the whole process can literally take months. The diggers generally content themselves with selling smalls, as they are much easier and simpler-not to mention Cheaper to send.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Well, what is so special about Stalingrad? It was one of the most famous battlefields in WWII and of course there are many relics. Much more than in Normandy for example. I have also seen these rusty helmets on eBay. Actually I can not understand who is willing to sell them for such a small price like 20-30 dollars.
That sounds crazy!
I do not know the prices in Russia but for $20-30 You can not even buy a gasoline for a digging trip. I remember the days in 1990-ies when You had $100 and You were the king but these times are gone for ever. There are many diggers in Stalingrad area and also in other parts of Russia but the main problem is that shipping takes very long time and it is not so easy to send any relics out of the country.