Just to chime in.
I volounteer for Volksbund and find them locations and such. On exhumations the only things that are taken officialy from the bodies are the id tag (erkennungsmarke),and rings (that have something written in them, like date of wedding or a name, germans liked rings with their initials on them; rings with decorations and plain ones are just thrown back); as for the equipment, medals and all other items, they are just left/buried again after the exhumations. This is where i got lot of my relic helmets from (i dont sell those from the graves). I know that lots of people would bury the bodies with their equipment but that is just not how it goes.
Lots and lots of these men died in a war they didnt want to fight in. So im sure many would like to rest without the reminders of that conflict, any equipment and such
Does anyone know of reputable sources for these lower priced helmets? Trustworthy? Follows the law? Moral recovery?
I dont only search WW2 stuff, i also like antic stuff (roman, celtic here); and no one ever called me a grave robber or something... people mostly see us like the weirdos that swing their machines around lol.
For Relic Helmets, I recommend Germany's Ebay.de most of all....American Ebay would be next on my list of potential sources...And Espenlaub Militaria is also an excellent site for Helmets and other Battlefield-Relics...