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The German Stahlhelm (period photos)

Article about: Helmet camouflaged with leaves, notice the coconut canteen France, 1944

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    Superb cammo on the above photo.

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    Superb thread!
    Why did I not discover it until now.

    Some pictures I've had laying around on my hard drive for ages:

    I know the first one is WWI, but it is just so awesome, that I can't leave it out.
    If you disregard the WWI pic, the others are:

    #2: Pak 38 anti-tank gun of the 1st FJD. Salerno, September 43
    #3: 1935 Nuremberg rally
    #4: Grave marker, Eastern Front
    #5: One very exhausted SS soldier
    #6: A bit of a Luftwaffe gas drill perhaps?

    I know, most of you perhaps have seen them before, but

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    Two new photos found on the Internet...
    Very light tan/yellow painted M42 helmets for these two Kameraden who have a cigarette pause...

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    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Karl Radermacher, the day he was awarded the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross...
    Heer single decal M42 helmet that shines under the rain...

    For those who don't know him, here's a small biography from Wikipédia :

    "Radermacher was born on 12 December 1922 in Aachen, the son of an ice-cream vendor. After an apprenticeship as an electrician and mechanic, and membership in the Hitler Youth, he was drafted into the Army in March 1942. After a short basic training, Radermacher was transferred to the Eastern Front in the summer of 1942. His first combat experience came with his Grenadier Regiment 45, which was part of the 21 Infantry Division, at the Leningrad front. He was later promoted to squad leader and, in October 1942, he was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class and the Infantry Assault Badge in silver. With his 6th Company, he was wounded, and returned after a short hospital stay back to the company on the Leningrad front. During the subsequent withdrawal he was wounded again. After returning to the front he was used as a battalion messenger and gave the alarm company and platoon commanders in the middle of combat important messages. For this he received the Iron Cross First Class in February 1944.

    In the early summer of 1944 the regiment was in a fixed position, expecting every moment to be the impending enemy offensive. Constant patrols, apparent attacks, and persistent probing of the front by Russians denied the German soldiers any rest and the ability to find the enemies weak point at the front. The enemy managed to infiltrate the German position on the flank of the Second Battalion and fierce hand to hand combat ensued. Radermacher was placed with his group in the middle section and led the resistance, after all of the officers and sergeants had failed. As the enemy retired after heavy losses, Radermacher pulled together some of his comrades and led a counterattack, where he added still further heavy losses to the enemy. This brought the fighting front noticeable relief. For his combat leadership he was awarded the Knight's Cross, as one of the lowest rank of the German Wehrmacht on 05.04.1944, as a mortar squad leader.

    Radermacher already had more than 40 close combat days to his credit. As leader of the 2nd platoon of the 6th Company, Radermacher took part in the fighting in the Baltic region and the first Kurlandschlachten. Here he received the news of the award of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold. After this ceremony Radermacher, as a recognized specialist in close combat command, was appointed a cadet sergeant and transferred to the officer training school in Potsdam. The Golden Close Combat Clasp was awarded to him in person two months later. Together with 82 other soldiers of the Heer and the Waffen-SS, he received the award on 12 December 1944, presented at the City Council of Ulm by Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler in person. Furthermore, the presentation of the award came the promotion to Lieutenant. Along with the presentation of the Close Combat Clasp, he was also presented with the German Cross in Gold.

    In early 1945, Radermacher was part of an alarm group fighting the war on the Oder front, near Frankfurt on the Oder, where he was wounded again. After the war Radermacher became a grocer and retired in 1987 after 25 years as a bank employee."

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    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    I came across this photograph recently and I think it tells its own story!

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    I believe this is a Heer French volunteer in Russia. If I'm wrong someone please correct me.

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    M42 helmet worn in Italy, 1944

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    Here are some Wehrmacht soldiers trying to heat up during the cold Russian winter, notice the helmet with the heer eagle on the right side of the helmet and what looks like a bullet hole in the skirt right beneath,I never seen it on this side before.Click image for larger version. 

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    Very interesting pics

    Merry Christmas from Russia

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    The Goon, that is just the result of wrong printing of the negative, English is not my mothertongue so I can't really explain, but also look at the ''Gefreiter'' emblem on the left, it is also on the other wrong side of the uniform!

    Here is a new photo of mine, a Luftwaffe soldier with a Rauhtarn helmet and a rubber band for camouflage, if you click the photo, you get a better scan!

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