WWII German Army Model 1942 Single Decal Camouflage Helmet w/Box of Souvenirs from Veteran-This stunning helmet comes with a letter from the nephew of the veteran. It states:
“My uncle was with the Fifth Armored Division in World War II. He served with Gen. George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. His best friend was killed only a few feet from him. He picked up these items on the battlefield—the steel helmet, whistle, match box cover, and the shoulder patches. The German soldier’s name was written in pencil on the inside of the helmet if you look closely. His name was Haumann. I certify that these items are genuine. They have been in my possession since 1945. Neil E. Ward.”
This original letter is included as are the souvenirs. The helmet has a thickly applied (by finger) reddish brown, bluish green and tan camouflage finish. It is amazing! I wonder why he thought it was a good idea to put a target at the front though 😊 The finish remains mostly intact. The decal is partially obscured but you can see it peeking out from behind. The size 59 liner has some minor discoloration, some staining, a few small tears and some scuffing. It is very soft however and there is a drawstring. The name of the German soldier is indeed written onto the liner. There is a zinc liner band that is maker marked, dated 1943 and size stamped. The rear of the interior is stamped ckl 68 and with the lot number 3953. This was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerke of Thale in the size of 68 and in 1943. The chinstrap must be a replacement as it is LBA marked and has aluminum hardware. This may or may not have been done period but who knows. It is shortened as well. Otherwise a spectacular example!