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Have been a member of this site for a short time, and love reading and learning from all the knowledge on here.. I have been a collector of WW2 things for quiet some time and thought I'd share a find I came across a few years back.. One morning I happened to be the first one at a local Garage sale, and spotted the Helmet pictured, and quickly asked the owners what they knew about it... The Elderly lady said she had inherited some things from her Uncle some years back, and this was one of the things.. The Uncle had told her he had brought it back from the War, and always referred to it as "The German Motorcycle Helmet".. As you can guess, I quickly purchased it and then the lady pointed out a small stack of papers that she got from the same Uncle.. In these papers were a few old post cards from when the Uncle was in the service, and a

military form, that I'm guessing could be the release form needed when the Helmet was sent/brought home??? She did tell that she had also Inherited a German Pistol from same Uncle, so this form could of been for that as well.. Would a form such as this have been needed to bring this Helmet home??

I kept asking the woman questions, trying to find out as much as I could about the Helmets history, but she really didn't know much about it, other than it just being an "Old Motorcycle Helmet".. Incidentally, Seems the lady really didn't think too much of the Helmet, as she said, she let let her visiting Grand kids play with it, and they had drawn a large cat's head on the front with Orange Crayons.. The Orange Cat head did come off easily with warm water though.. The FJ Helmet is complete with Liner & Strap that was cut, but for some reason that picture wouldn't load..

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Nice motor cycle riders helmet, I wonder if he rode that Zundop out of the side of a JU-88.... :lol: Nice find!


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Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
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Very nice helmet and great to have the capture papers.

 

Often a cut strap can be from removing it.Many refer to it as a "Dead mans cut"

In Memoriam:
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I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

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Here's the other picture that wouldn't load earlier plus another.. The Helmet is nice, but in far from perfect condition.. It's a small size ET66, and appears that one of the back Liner Bolts has been changed at some time, and Doyler, like you said, the strap was probably cut when removed.. I've also heard this form of Helmet removal called "Cadaver Cut".. I've owned this Helmet for going on 5 years now, and have never done anything to it other than removing the Grand kid's artwork..

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Here's the other picture that wouldn't load earlier plus another.. The Helmet is nice, but in far from perfect condition..

 

ITs nice and it real.Still a great example.Thanks for the extra pictures.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Cap10jack,

 

That style of papers is something I've seen for earlier bring backs. I have a similar set of papers, hand written with the same general wording, for a hand made cigarette case shipped from North Africa in 1943. Bring back papers weren't really standardized until later in the war, when there were issues with the amount and types of things being shipped home. Early in the war GI's were allowed to ship things home for

Here are all the locations for that particular APO. Without a date, there's no way to be certain about the general location of the soldier at the time.

Really nice set. Thank you for sharing.

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NUGGETT!!! Thanks for sharing.

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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Thanks to all that commented.. I really would like to find more information on the Uncle who brought this back, but I've seemed to hit a dead end.. I remember the woman calling him "Uncle Bud", but Bud could of simply been a family nickname.. On one of the postcards, from what seems was a sweetheart, the sender was from the Oklahoma City area (postmark) sending the card to Mr. Morton in a Military training center in Sept. of 1943.. My guess would be L.L. Morton was also from Oklahoma, but other than that I really can't find much information.. Any leads on where to find information??

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