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Two Fj helmets Arnhem

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    Hello historians, and militaria enthousiast,

    Her are two German FJ helmets found in Arnhem in May of 1945.
    After the battle of September 1944, the old owner of these helmets found them aprx 80 meters
    from his house on the Cattepoelseweg number four. This area was hit by a V1 rocket
    and nine houses were distroyed. It was under the rubble of one of these houses, (see photo)
    that he found the two helmets, later they also discovered the bodies of several FJ pioneers.
    They had been based in one of the buildings that was distroyed by their own V1 rocket.
    On the picture with the arrow you can see were they were found. One of the helmets has shrapnel damage.
    The other one is missing the inside because there was some human tissue inside the helmet and his mother
    told him to get rid of the inside. When the owner gave the helmet to me it still had the string that
    he had put there as a chin strap, he was twelve :-). He had not thrown the leather inside away after all but had hidden it in his loft
    but lost track of it and never found it again.
    He also found two life jackets in a ditch by the river Rhine
    one which he gave to a museum and the other he gave to me for my collection which also includes many other items he had found
    in the stone factory which was located between Heteren and Driel.
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    Shrapnel or pick axe....???
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Agree Ned. Pick axe IMHO. If shrapnel of this size, the damage to the liner would have caused massive damage and blood. The liner is in pristine condition except for the small tear.

    would be nice to see what Terry says about the shells.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    sorry guys i forgot,the one with the hole was hanging on a coatrek.....and believe me it was shrapnel from that v1. and the other one was found in the rebel with blood inside.

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    Ok. Just so we understand. It wasn't being worn at the time. Correct?

    Great story with the helmets. Nice to preserve it!

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Both look okay to me, from what I see in the pictures. The one with the liner and straps had a decal at one time, but scratched away at some point. Some serious damage to that one too but as stated, it was surely not on someone's head at the time. Good find, congratulations!

    Cheers,
    Terry

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    The one witch the hole was hanging on a leftover wall.
    the one with the liner missing,was found with some human remans in it.

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