This helmet was dug up a couple of months ago along with miscellaneous Panzer IV components (tread links, part of a hatch, wheels), near a village west of Stalingrad (Volgograd). It appears that the soviets cleared the larger parts of the tank, and buried the rest.
This was typical after the war. As pictured, various items were found with this helmet and most likely belonged to the same soldier.
The helmet is solid, with rust as shown. Remnants of both decals are present, as well as part of the soldiers last name within the helmet. Several of the items smell of oil/grease that had leaked over time. The badge is a Tag der Arbeit medal from 1934, meaning that the soldier participated in the event that year, indicating that this soldier was older.
There is also a crumpled mess kit, with some of its original paint. This soldier was probably part of a panzergrenadier or infantry unit attached to the panzer unit, given the proximity of the gear. Also included is a rusted pocket knife and tube of medical cream (empty). THIS HELMET CONTAINS NO OFFENSIVE MARKINGS! The item "Original WW2 German M35 Helmet DD Stalingrad Panzergrenadier" is in sale since Monday, June 21, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "wataar0" and is located in Jacksonville, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States.