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Article about: Hi again, No, I didn't buy ANOTHER M42 this week - this is one that I've had for years but because of it's condition it was packed away in a cupboard and only wifey telling me to "clear

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    Hi again,

    No, I didn't buy ANOTHER M42 this week - this is one that I've had for years but because of it's condition it was packed away in a cupboard and only wifey telling me to "clear out some space" that I was reminded of it ..... so here it is.

    Just a basic SE64, lot No 2887 with what looks like a penciled 'FP5'???? above it but unmolested other than ( sigh ) the liner & straps.

    So I am wondering why the liner would have been torn out and the chinstraps cut / broken when the leather is still fairly good ( dry but not THAT brittle ) Then after I bought my other Hkp M42 this week which may have blood stains I wondered whether this was the reason the liner was gone? Maybe it was a corpse cut bring back???? ( I got NO background when I bought it )

    Any thoughts?

    Dan

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    That could very well be the case Dan, the soilder would want to carry around a trophy with a blood soaked liner. Certainly greater chance of being the case with the cut chinstrap as well. Any faint stains in the dome?

    Nice looking lid none the less.

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    Hi Jason,
    Here are a few more photos - there seems to be some dribble stains / rusting and a few spots ( no pooling though ) so I don't really know whether that's what blood looks like??? ....but why else they would it have had it's guts torn out?

    Cheers, Dan

    ( BTW, waiting to see your latest acquisition you told be about! )
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    Hi Jason,
    Here are a few more photos - there seems to be some dribble stains / rusting and a few spots ( no pooling though ) so I don't really know whether that's what blood looks like??? ....but why else they would it have had it's guts torn out?

    Cheers, Dan

    ( BTW, waiting to see your latest acquisition you told be about! )
    All in good time Dan, all in good time. Should be somewhere in the air as we speak can't wait myself.

    I am just about to pop out for abit bit I will take a pic of mine with some stain/shadow marks in the dome. No other real reason for it to be gone really, unless it was a particularly large mouse in the post war years

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    It may have well been bloodstained, it's always a good indicator to see a cut strap. I doubt those are signs of blood in the dome, but you never know. Another great looking helmet!

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    That's a good looking ND M42
    I can only agree that the most likely reason to remove the leather, would be blood staining.
    I don't think vet wanted the gruesome reminder left inside.

    Brad.

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    Got around to taking some pics of one of mine that is very similar. The difference for me is I actually have the liner thats fallen our because of the blood. Its an M42 in a dark grey green with winter whitewash. You can see how the liquid has marked the dome, leaving a ghost of the liner tongues on the paint. Also the red/brown rust around the edges also is a sign of the damage. You can also see the evidence on the liner itself,as the iron in blood degrades and eats away at the leather.

    I will bring up the other topic about a blood damage helmet with my luftwaffe lid as well

    Jason
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    Hey Jase,
    That looks very much like what the edge of the liner does on mine ( minus the tongue stains on the lid )
    I think you've solved the mystery pal ........ ta muchly!
    Dan

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    After seeing Jason's example, it would be hard to find any other explanation
    Thanks for that.

    Brad.

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    I know a lot of soldiers drunk from their helmet. They put it in a river or other water facilities and drunk from it. that can be the case why a lot of insides are wasting away. Some like the tought of blood inside their helmet. Some don't.
    =^)

    regards kim

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