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WW2 fighter pilot's helmet snapped up for £50 in flea market on Costa del Sol
A helmet thought to belong to one of Britain`s most decorated WW2 fighter pilots has been discovered in a Costa del Sol flea market. An antiques collector snapped it up for just £50 after spotting it among bric-a-brac at the weekly market. Jose Fernandez thought he had chanced upon an authentic war relic when he first saw it. But it was only when he got home and found an original document with the initials of fighter ace John Braham on it inside the helmet, that he realised he could have something really special between his hands. Last night Jose said he was intending to try to authenticate the item - which comes complete with its oxygen mask and audio system - by speaking to the Royal Air Force and antiques experts in the UK.
Eisenhower’s 4 star Army Helmet up for Auction
The kids of Eisenhower's aide de camp, Colonel Ernest "Tex" Lee, have decided to sell their dad's huge collection of the 5-star general's memorabilia. The collection is impressive: The highlight is Ike's four-star army helmet that could fetch up to $30,000. The other memorabilia items include: Ike's riding crop with a hidden dagger stuck inside; his passes to allied HQ and Strategic Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces; his personal five-star staff car flag.
Nazi helmet raided from Chatham dockyard in Kent, UK
A Nazi helmet worth 1,700 Pounds has been stolen from The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. The German SS camouflage head gear was seized from a stall in the dockyard's Main Gate Road on Sunday. The green helmet, which has a red flag with a white circle and a swastika painted on the side, dates back to the Second World War. Authorities are appealing for help in tracking down the German WW2 militaria.
Students take field trip to return soldier's WW2 helmet
A group of students from Idaho have taken an unusual field trip to Connecticut for a special reunion. The 14 students will meet with the family members of Anthony J. Malone to return to them the helmet he had in the Second World War. The students were given an assignment by their history teacher Dennis Mansfield. Their mission was to find out the history behind the Army helmet Mansfield's father had given to him 40 years ago. Inside the helmet was Malone's name and a serial number. After a month of research online, the students discovered that Malone had been a WW2 medic.
Nazi relics for sale: Paratrooper's helmet, signed photo of Hitler and Rudolf Hess
New Zealand: Nazi paraphernalia going under the hammer at Dunbar Sloane's militaria auction include an officer's peaked cap, a Luftwaffe helmet and 2 brooches - all emblazoned with Nazi Germany's eagle and swastika emblems. A German paratrooper's helmet from Crete (worth $3500-$5000) was also among the offerings, auctioneer Bettina Frith said. The most sensational item is the personally signed photograph of Adolf Hitler and his 1930s deputy Rudolf Hess. The photo, which has been set up for sale before without success, is worth $2000-$4000.
The National Soldier Factory - Military surplus and Army-Navy store (Article no longer available from the original source)
National Soldier Factory owner Karl Anderson spends many of his days surrounded by flak vests, steel helmets, bayonets and fatigues. As many military surplus and Army-Navy stores fade away like old soldiers, he forges ahead, surrounded by artifacts reaching far back into military history. His customers are re-enactors, collectors, paint-ball enthusiasts. One man sifted through Army field manuals about booby traps and guerilla warfare. Two students sifted through old uniforms. Anderson likes to keep military gear "nonpartisan" - keeping the Nazi stuff to a minimum. His family owns an American flag that flew over Pearl Harbor during the WWII attack there.
WWII helmets found in Olympic park
Archaeologists have discovered relics from World War 2 on the Olympic park construction site. A joint team from the Museum of London and Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd found WW2 helmets and other items of historical interest while uncovering a battery of gun emplacements in the north-east of the site. In 1941, 4 gun emplacements were built on the area that will house the velopark for the 2012 Games. The emplacements were furnished with 4.5 inch guns, and were updated in 1944 with bigger guns. Researchers will trace the history of the helmets and the soldiers who operated the defences.
How old is that helmet? It might be collectible (Article no longer available from the original source)
As we salute the veterans this Memorial Day weekend, it seems a good time to write about one of the most interesting types of collectibles - military memorabilia. I've talked with many collectors of militaria and each one can recite a story that goes with the collection. I recall a conversation with collector Larry Stewart. "It was the Pickelhaube that started me on my way to collecting. When I was a youngster, my father presented me with my very own Pickelhaube," he said. What is a Pickelhaube? You have probably seen one at one time or another. It was primarily ceremonial, and many refer to them as a German spiked helmet.
Nazi Helmet Myths (Article no longer available from the original source)
In WWII the German helmet became the ubiquitous black hat. It was also regarded as the best designed military helmet. Our modern Kevlar helmet follows the same lines as the German M35. While the armies of other nations have emulated the original GI or Soviet models, the US adopted a new helmet with the side skirt and squared top of the prototypical Nazi headgear. The Nazi/US helmet offers superior protection at the expense of a soldier’s peripheral view. Nazi paratroopers and elite shock troops wore a more practical helmet, a decidedly ordinary straight bowl.
Ghouls loot war graves and battlefields for WW2 militaria like medals, helmets
Thieves are looting graves of German soldiers killed in Second World War and selling body parts on the internet. The ghouls are digging up Russian battlefields where many of the two million dead are buried in hope of a WW2 militaria. And a sinister black market has grown on US auction websites for military uniforms, medals, bones and even helmets with the skulls still inside.