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M40 helmet by Po Valley

Article about: Hi to all, on a farm, in the area where I live, near the Po river, where in the spring of 1945 German troops camped during the dramatic retreat, pursued by Allied troops and by constant air

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    Hi to all,
    on a farm, in the area where I live, near the Po river, where in the spring of 1945 German troops camped during the dramatic retreat, pursued by Allied troops and by constant air raid, amid the wreckage and old tools agricultural, I found this German M40 helmets stayed there for 70 years!
    I had to commit myself to try and save it with a little restoration.
    The M40 has been cleaned of rust, greasy but the hardest part was saving the leather of liner, which disintegrated in touch; I had to fix it with a transparent resin; below you can see the result.
    I know that it's in modest conditions, I was sorry that it was lost..... considering that it is definitely an original piece.
    I hope it is interesting.

    greetings
    Roberto
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    You've done a nice job there. Well done!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Nice job but clear resin? That's a new one on me, the leather didn't look to bad.

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    Hi Glenn,
    in fact, the appearance of the leather was not bad, but as soon as you touched it broke, especially on one half of liner that was especially ruined.
    I used a transparent paint based on silicone resins.

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    Hi Roberto, I think with a helmet like this, the important part is that you know the history of it. To find it still in the area and probably untouched for 70+ years is amazing. You have done a great job preserving it, and it will now be able to tell a story for years to come, unlike most helmets that have just become artefacts on shelves! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Well done!!
    I presume it was in a house or out building for that level of preservation?
    And clear silicone resin is a new one for me.
    Maybe a flattening base would help next time?
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    A real piece of history , i like it very much !
    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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    Hi Denmark,
    yes, it was in a garage outside.
    Good your advice for future restoration!

    Roberto

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    Bravo on the resto Roberto! Very well done, great looking M40

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    Thanks, Friends
    I'am glad that this helmet was to your liking, than I want to show another curiosity: in an other rural house, time ago, I noticed a strange tool they used to clean drains.
    I looked better and I realized that it is a FJ M38 which had welded a iron handle!!..........a true sorrow for my heart, this is it:

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