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Relic M40 helmet with screw in vent hole???

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    Default Relic M40 helmet with screw in vent hole???

    I just purchased this helmet and I was thinking of restoring it because it doesn't have much going for it, but on the right side of the helmet in the air vent hole there seems to be a screw stuck in it or something, has anyone seen something like this? Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Relic M40 helmet with screw in vent hole???

    I do know sometimes the soldat would stick paper or mud into a vent hole to stop wind whistling through it a freezing his head off....maybe this is a example of a more permanent version of this practice

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    It looks to me like a handle was fitted to the side to make a scoop or something for use on a farm, etc. the whole appearance of the steel makes me think the same too. There is a mark around that area as if it was covered by a bracket, and the liner pin hole is blocked somehow also. Adapted into a farm tool IMO.

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    I think your right AMTG, the helmet is from Kurland which if im not mistaken was a winter battle? I could be wrong

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    Kurland lasted from autumn 1944 to spring 1945 i think you'll find that the explanation given by Andy is nearer to the truth !!
    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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    I have a question, should I keep relics relics? Or should I restore something like this in this kind of condition or are relic helmets more desirable?

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    It's your helmet you can do with it as you will but for me once you have messed with it it has no original identity anymore , this one is just a very rusty but original relic if you paint it then it becomes a rusty relic covered in fake paint and no originality.

    It is what it is !!
    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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    Leave as is. NH

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    I have a interest in restoring helmets but I have a feeling I should keep relics as relics and not to ruin the history of them, i'll clean this one up and see if it brings out anything

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    Must agree with KradSpam, I think this helmet has been in use ater the war as a scoop. Seen them many times before.

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