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M35 Luftwaffe single decal reissued ‘mocking’ helmet Belgian repression 1944 from Flemish NSKK soldier

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Straight out of the attic in Aalst (Belgium), I found this helmet myself after a phone call from a house that needed to be emptied. This helmet and many more objects (also listed) were part of it. All material was typical left behind in the streets of Aalst in 1944 during the liberation. This is a nice M35 Luftwaffe helmet that got reissued getting a sand mixed layer of blue paint and a decal. The helmet is complete with its early aluminum band liner and full length chin strap. The liner has a unit marking from a Flak-Regiment. The outside of the helmet was decorated by the resistance and/or street people during the liberation to mock (have fun with) the Germans and Flemish collaborators. An extra luftwaffe eagle was painted on the other side and the original decal got partially overpainted . On the front the letters NSKK are visible, as many Belgian/Flemish volunteers joined this Luftwaffe controlled unit during the war, I am convinced this had something to do with the original owner being a member of the Flemish NSKK. The rear of the helmet says ‘Hij Ligt Er’ (He lays dead) – another mocking sentence for the former NSKK member of the city of Aalst who they probably killed. A very unique piece of history in the days of the repression in Belgium in 1944. The helmet is a size 64 but due the reissued paint on the inside the shell markings are not visible.