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M35 relic helmet from kurland named

Article about: Hi Guys, I just got another relic helmet from Latvia, condition is good and it has a name writen on rear skirt WACHTM. HELLES . It has Alum Liner which started to turn into dust (this is pro

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    Hi Guys,
    I just got another relic helmet from Latvia, condition is good and it has a name writen on rear skirt WACHTM. HELLES .
    It has Alum Liner which started to turn into dust (this is probably the reason why so many relics do not have a liner band)
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    Hi Luis, nice helm. how did you come across it? It appears to me that it once had decals on it??

    regards, Tyrone

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    Nice relic lid Luis , love them , looks like another Jevgenijs lid , cheers Raymond

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    Quote by kungfuty View Post
    Hi Luis, nice helm. how did you come across it? It appears to me that it once had decals on it??

    regards, Tyrone
    Hi Tyrone,
    I got this from a digger in Latvia, he is the guy that sells to me most of the helmets I have. The helmet does have remains of decals, I believe it was repainted at one point during the war.

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    Quote by PHILBROWN View Post
    a great little research project too
    I would love to know more about it but all I have found so far is the the "wachtm" stand for watchmeister wich is a rank in the german army "Master Sentinel". So all I have is a last name Helles and a number 1/1?2..which is probably for the 122 inf div "Greif" that was destroyed in the Kurland pocket.

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    Hi Luis, the rank title of Wachtmeister was not widely used in the Heer and was used in Cavalry units. However, it was also used by the Police.

    I think you are incorrect in your assumption of the unit. The "1/1??" would indicate No1 Kompanie of 1???

    I don't have an order of battle for units which fought in the area. But I would have a real close look at the area where the decals are to see if there were any Police decals in place.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Wachtmeister was also a rank in Artillery and Sturmgeschutz units so could designate 1 Batterie / 1 ??,

    It is highly unlikely that the last few numbers will relate to a Division more likely a Regiment or Abteilung, certainly the 1 represents a Kompanie or Batterie.

    regards

    Paul
    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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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    Wachtmeister was also a rank in Artillery and Sturmgeschutz units so could designate 1 Batterie / 1 ??,

    It is highly unlikely that the last few numbers will relate to a Division more likely a Regiment or Abteilung, certainly the 1 represents a Kompanie or Batterie.

    regards

    Paul
    Thanks to all for the valuable info, to tell you the truth at first I thought that Wachtm was a German first name until some one told me that was abbreviation for Wachtmeister. I then looked for the word in Wikipedia and all It said was "Master Sentinel"

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    Nice to have a name

    I just posted my wire cammo also from the famous Latvian digger and it's a nice one too.It was found with a tag from the 122Inf.Div. so they were indeed in kurland in 1944

    Nice lid Tom

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