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Camo M16 WWII Bringback

Article about: Hi guys, This helmet was brought back by my cousin's friend's grandfather. He was in Normandy and Belgium during WWII and spent time as a POW. I bought this helmet from him, as well as the L

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    Though only a shell, it's a beauty......... !



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    Come on, closeups! I love the scheme!

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    Well done Movery interesting camo,like the look of it......................

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    Can't wait to see your photos when you get it.
    It's an interesting camo indeed.


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    That's a lovely looking camo helmet - it reminds me a lot of this one from a dealer site:

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    Maybe part of the same unit!


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    Related question to the veteran's story: When US POWs were released from captivity let's say before the end of hostilities, were they rushed back into service or sent back to the UK/USA?

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    Finally got the goods! The provenance on this helmet and the belt (found here: Vet Bringback Luftwaffe Belt and Buckle ) is fantastic!

    Both the buckle and helmet were brought back by Sgt. Charles Leslie Paul of the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He fought his way through Normandy and was captured on December 20th, 1944- just a few days into the Battle of the Bulge. After capture he was sent to Stalag IX-B, which American soldiers claimed was among the worst, if not the worst, of the German POW camps.

    I figured out this information by using his ASN (written on the belt) to find his POW record in the National Archives Database: NARA - AAD - Display Full Records - World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946

    The helmet itself is a TJ66 M16 with an awesome camo scheme, and the first camo to ever find itself in my collection. I'm not sure where exactly he would have found the helmet after repatriation, unfortunately. But you can't beat the provenance.

    I hope the close-ups are acceptable. I did the best that I could with my iPhone. I hope you guys like it!
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    Looking for WWII U.S. dog tags

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    A lovely looking helmet, and an unusual camouflage scheme. A worthy addition to any collection. Well done!
    Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Excellent provenance and helmet!

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    I've often wondered WHAT they were trying to camouflage themselves against with these sorts of patterns???

    Possibly the detritus along the trench edge in the stalemate that was the western front?

    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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