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Helmet from "Operation Spring Awakening" March 1945

Article about: This one just arrived - found at the shore of lake Balaton (probably in swampy area) - where the "Lake Balaton Offensive" took place as part of "Operation Spring Awakening&quo

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    Default Helmet from "Operation Spring Awakening" March 1945

    This one just arrived - found at the shore of lake Balaton (probably in swampy area) - where the "Lake Balaton Offensive" took place as part of "Operation Spring Awakening" (Operation Frühlingserwachen) in March 6-16, 1945 - it was the last major German offensive of World War II.

    It's an M35 double decal - with some minor holes - also some original green paint (and maybe even camo? or just rust which looks like camo?) left on it - I'm quite happy with this one, my first relic with decals (or what's left of them anyway) on them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyG4ICr8sWE

    Some quick pics - I'll make better ones soon:

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    and some daylight pics:
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    finally these quite bright daylight pics with some added saturation:
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    Cheers
    Fabe

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    nice relic helmet.

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    More photos...
    The more I look at it - the more it looks like some kind of brownish-yellow paint on top of/mixed in with the green, instead of just rust. There is plenty of pitting, but the brownish-yellow seems too smoothly finished to be rust. What do you guys think?

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    That is a very nice piece of late war history !
    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

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