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M-35 helmet from 26th Division combat engineer

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Any info on the vet who captured it?


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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Nice helmet! Anything written in the liner by the German or the Gi who captured it?

Paul

Nothing on the inside unfortunately. I believe it is a field repaint as the early m-35 Apple green paint is underneath the field grey. Has a great patina to it and full liner and original chinstrap

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Nice M35 reissue. Also a good reminder that not every war souvenir came home with the front line vet who killed the German and took it off his body as many collectors are so want to believe. Much of this stuff came home with the guys who were in the rear with the gear.

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