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m42 ss helmets from "Lettland" training camp

Article about: hi ! 3 ss helmets from Lettland training camp in Poland..first and second has SS decal, but last one has only national shield...curiosity??

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    hi !
    3 ss helmets from Lettland training camp in Poland..first and second has SS decal, but last one has only national shield...curiosity??
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    the decal appears to be painted on and doesnt appear to be a national tricolour , this appears to be a different colour maybe a foreign emblem its puzzled me,it looks the same colours as the badge below it, any liners still in them ? cheers Dave

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    the runes decal in the first pic seems to be a bit wonky to me

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    all helmets where bathed in 20% oxalic acid (it makes the rust "melt" leaving the paint underneath untoched)
    This national shild on the third helmet is ofcourse Latvijan. There are no lines , it is hand-painted, so I think.

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    The helmets looks like a nice catch from a Latvian camp. The tricolor is definately Latvian, and I would say I have no doubts about them. Very interesting regimental Latvian badge, I think our Latvian collegues would recognize it. And als looks like a Latvian scull...
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Yep no problems from me either the Latvian National colours shield is a nice painted one , just goes to show not everything was done officially
    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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    Awesome finds , a great days digging , smiles alround i bet , cheers Raymond

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    Quote by WolfMan73 View Post
    the runes decal in the first pic seems to be a bit wonky to me
    I agree, the shield looks all wrong...I suspect that these are acid etched latvian's...I blew up the runes on the shells and both are not in proportion..

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    I congratulate you. I can see that you're very knowledgeable about thoes helmets....hahahahaahha

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    The Latvian shield is not a decal and is hand painted by the owner. The condition of the helmets and decals looks to me authentic, but anyway that would be great to see a close- up pictures of the decals
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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