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Article about: anyone know if the helmets which marked graves where just left there to rust after the units which burried the soldier left.?back in germany as u know many wore french and russian helmets wi

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    anyone know if the helmets which marked graves where just left there to rust after the units which burried the soldier left.?back in germany as u know many wore french and russian helmets with a nazi emblem,so german helmets where scarce

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    Some were certainly left in place to later get taken as souvenirs by Allied troops. I have seen a couple of souvenired ones, evidenced by holes in the crown where they were once secured to the grave marker.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    As Ade knows, the British Para helmets from Arnhem field graves remained until the bodies were reinterred in the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.

    I gather the Dutch left them be until they were officially given their final resting place ...

    Only then were some were saved by the locals.

    Gary J.

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    interesting they where nailed to the grave marker ,.i would have thought with the shortages the germans exsperienced ,everything would have been put into service again.thanks for insight adrian.

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    gary bi had a m40 from arnhem and it was said it was found where german field graves had been.it had a big crack in the crown ,was it battledamage ,or a soldier crudley nailing it to the marker.?its given me another way of looking at that particular damage.

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    Marking graves with helmets was done a lot early in the war. But I think the practise declined as the war progressed? Recycling of helmets may have been a factor here.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I don't think there was ever a shortage of helmets.

    Here's one I just received which could have sat on top of grave.

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    Hello Guys,
    Got this helmet from Ebay, the guy that sold it to me says that he got several ground dug helmets several yrs ago from Europe. I believe is the real deal and a possible "grave marker" it has a diamond shape hole on dome.Opinions welcome (sorry for the poor quality pics is night time here)
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    As you say, that perfect diamond shape could be an indication of a nail being driven through it. Sad to think it would've once sat above the final resting place of its wearer.

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    Hi, looking at the top of this helmet, i would agree that this helmet was indeed a grave marker, the nail used would more than likely been a horse shoe nail, as thare would have been plentyful supply at hand, look at the head on the first nail.....









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