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Lot 8684: A steel helmet M 42 of the Waffen SS with both decals of a volunteer in Galician SS Volunteer Regiment Nr. 6
04 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Original, with 75 % complete field-grey paint. The decals for foreign volunteers were laterally reversed. The swastika shield on the right side is 85 % intact, and the runic shield on the left side is 90 % intact. Interior stamping, laterally struck "EF 66" and behind "2577". The liner with signs of usage and defects, underside depot stamping Gal. SS-Freiw. Regt. Nr. 6". Damaged chin strap. A clearly used helmet in undisturbed original condition. Of the greatest rarity. On 28 March 1943, Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler issued the order for the formation of a division of western Ukrainian volunteers, and its formation was established on 28 April 1943. The division was named Waffengrenadierdivision of the SS (Galician No. 1). The Galician lion served as its symbol, in yellow colour on a light blue shield with three crowns as a cockade. Its first commander was SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag. The response to the announcement of a western Ukrainian division surprised the German service departments. Within a few weeks 80.000 Ukrainians volunteered at the recruiting stations, but no more than a quarter of these could actually be enlisted. The surplus volunteers were taken in by the police, and were formed into Galician SS Volunteer Regiments 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Condition Report: II - III
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