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German helmets used for other reasons.

Article about: Sort of a variation on the theme of "turning swords into plowshares"...although admittedly that motto has more cachet than "turning helmets into chamber pots." I like the

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    Default German helmets used for other reasons.

    Guys, I was wondering have you seen German helmets used for other things, like plant pots etc, etc?

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    James i've seen this many times in France and even have a lid that was a plant pot , purchased from the Tommy Bar in Pozieres i might add.

    In St Pierre Divion on the Somme every house used to have M16 hanging baskets outside the houses , until someone nicked them all
    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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    have you also seen photos of them with handels welded on and used for cleaning the drains?

    cheers ewan

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    Hi,
    I saw a german helmet made into a collinder for draining vegies.
    Dave.

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    Hi Dave, our re-enactment unit owns one of these. We use it at events. Made from an M35.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Guys i loned an ex girlfriend an m16 german helmet ,and she is using it as a hanging plant pot.It has been very successful as one ,as it had a hole in the crown which has acted as a drain.I have been trying to get it back but she refuses(women).In the book on german helmets i have it shows a picture of a guy taking out the liners of many german helmets, and then cutting them down for kitchen items. ITshows a german women cooking in one.I DONT THINK HELMET PURISTS SHOULD GET FRUSTRATED AT SOME HELMETS BEING USED THIS WAY ,AS I THINK IT IS A WAY OF SHOWING THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS USED FOR DOMINATION ,CAN BE TURNED INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE ,I THINK ITS SYMBOLIC ,especially as a plant pot.ps sorry for shouting.

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    My Grandparents had one under the bed which they used as a chamber pot

    I have sat on it many times

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    James i've seen this many times in France and even have a lid that was a plant pot , purchased from the Tommy Bar in Pozieres i might add.
    Ahhh Dominic.......................................

    Ex curator of the museum of Albert, a crook some would say

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    Quote by John Brandon View Post
    Ahhh Dominic.......................................

    Ex curator of the museum of Albert, a crook some would say
    The very same John !!

    Since he has seen the inside of Bapaume jail some may call him that but i've had some great nights in the Tommy all the same !! Before he turned it into a kids amusement arcade
    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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    Interesting thread this... Here are a couple of pictures taken in the Ardennes at the Poteau Museum. You'll notice they've actually been enameled, so perhaps a few enterprising locals set up company's to do this following the end of the war?

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