German Luftwaffe M-38 Paratrooper Helmet Souvenir of Cpl. James Oaks
This is a German Model 1938 paratrooper helmet from World War II (1939-1945). An American solider took the helmet and used it to commemorate his service in the European Theater of Operations. The veteran wrote his name and rank on the front of the helmet, Corporal James H. Oaks. Around the entire helmet, starting on the right side, he chronicled his journey during the war.
Corporal Oaks started at Camp Pickett, Virginia. He drew a line to show the various places he visited and separated each country in a new area. Oaks even put down the various bodies of water he crossed. Some of the writing is worn off on the top of the helmet, but it seems that Corporal Oaks ended his service in Nuremburg. The unit that Oaks served in is unknown. A red swastika is painted on the back of the helmet and the Luftwaffe eagle national decal is highlighted with red as well. The helmet liner is still intact, though the chinstrap system is cut from the helmet.
|Germany||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1938 — 1945|
|Eisen- und Hüttenwerke A.G., Thale|