Luftwaffe Single Decal M42 Combat Helmet. KIA.
Another lid that has to find a new home, purchased a few years ago from an American member of a well known Militaria forum. The helmet was purchased from the veteran who whilst serving during WW2 took this helmet to remind him of a sad episode were he and his unit were clearing out a village at the end of some action when a young lad in Luftwaffe uniform suddenly appeared in front of him brandishing a shot gun, the lad was instantly shot dead, the veteran wasnt sure if he was surrendering or had other intentions, he kept the helmet .
Now for the helmet itself, it has the majority its original rough paint finish remaining, some scrapes here and there, the pins are original to the helmet, they have some paint loss, the inside again has most of its finish intact. The shell is stamped ET62 and has a lot number 362. The decal rates at over 80% complete with some loss to the wings and one scrape across the body. The liner has been torn out with the remaining piece at the back having some blood stains, the marks to the steel inside would also suggest blood staining. The long end of the chinstrap remains in supple condition, its not marked.
If your a lid collector im sure you will understand how certain helmets ''talk'', this one just reminded me why i really like to collect combat lids, it will still fit in nicely on my shelf.