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Previous Blogs

Issue #1 Black Allgemeine SS out of the Woodwork

Issue #2 General Update & Rambling On

Issue #3 Sometimes I have to keep 'em

Issue #4 History, that's what is all about!

Issue #5 Wow, What a Year!

Issue #6 Pre-Show of Shows

Issue #7 Show of Shows

Issue #8 Determining Authenticity

Issue #9 Slow Market???

Issue #10 Changes at WW2GermanHelmets.com 

Issue #11 Let's talk about a helmet!!!

Issue #12 2011 German Helmets Calendar

Issue #13 Ringing in the New Year

Issue #14 Prep for the SOS

Issue #15 SOS Recap & More!!!

Issue #16 USB Microscope & Born 40 years too late!!!

Issue #17 - D-Day June 6th, 1944

Issue #18 Good' ay Mates!

Issue #19 MAX show recap - Pittsburgh, PA 2011

Issue #20 The 67th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Issue #21 The 2012 Show of Shows Recap

Issue #22 Wrestling with Authenticity & Incorporation

Issue #23 M1942 Normandy Captured German helmet!

Issue #24 A Higher Call -  Book Review


Issue #25  One of the last Band of Brothers & the SOS 2015 

Good day history buffs & WWII collectors!  

I just got back in from the Show of Show in Louisville, KY.  The highlight of my show without question was having the opportunity to meet 101st Airborne, 506th, Easy Company veteran, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin.   He is among about 17-18 survivors of the original Band of Brothers.   He's just a really neat fellow with a great spirit.  You can still see the life in his eyes.  He's rather frail these days, but let's face it, who's not at the age of 94.   A real testament to his spirit is the fact that last June during the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion (aka. Operation Overlord) he jumped into Normandy.   It was his first jump since WWII and he jumped from a C-47 Dakota almost in the same exact area where he landed 70 years ago.   When I asked him about all the people that were worried about him jumping at that age, he chucked and said, "I told them that it was a whole heck of a lot easier this time....there weren't any Germans shooting at me this time".   I asked him what was going through his mind 70 years ago on that fateful plane ride across the English Channel in the wee hours of the morning of June 6, 1944, and I further asked if he was scared to death and he replied, "you know, I really wasn't afraid....we'd never been in combat so we just didn't know what was awaiting us in Normandy...we were young guys, and we just didn't think about dying."    I then asked him about how about on that next jump into Holland in September of 1944 (Operation Market Garden) and he answered.  "Yes we were scared that time as after Normandy we knew it was going to be a tough task."   I mentioned one of my favorite movies is a Bridge Too Far, and he chucked and responded, "It wasn't a bridge too far, it was the fact that most of the paratroopers were dropped 6 miles from Arnhem.   That was Monty's big mistake."    I asked him if he was a Toccoa guy, and he responded, "I sure was...I was with the 506th from the very beginning at Camp Toccoa, then on to England, Normandy, Holland, Bastogne, & lastly the Eagle's nest."   I then asked him if he was a Brecourt Manor with Winters when the 88s were taken out that were trained on Utah Beach.   He responded, "I was only about a mile of so from them when they took the Brecourt but it was a day or two before we all got back together as a unit.  We were about the group that landed close to our planned drop zone.   I asked Pee Wee about the relief that they felt once the Germans surrendered and they were able to unwind at the Eagle's Nest.  He responded, "We really were relieved....during the waning days of the War, we all became really paranoid and jumpy....we all had a fear about being the last guy to die.  Nobody wanted to be the last guy to die in the War".   I ended our conversation with telling him how much we all appreciate what they did.  I told him that we will never forget their sacrifice to America and that we love him.   I shook his hand and he looked me in the eye and responded with a very sincere, "Thank You".  

Now, onto the Show.  As usual there was a convention hall just chocked full of militaria.  I spent most of my time looking for helmets.   One thing that I noticed is that the helmets were mostly mid condition to fair, and many were overpriced.  I am not sure if some of the dealers understand the soft nature of the values in the present market.   I did manage to see a few spectacular helmets though while there, such as a Luftwaffe Field Division helmet with a geometric camouflaged pattern similar to a splinter pattern Luft smock, with a nicely painted around decal.  That one was a real winner.   And I saw a rare German paratrooper helmet with a field improvised winter cover made of a white table cloth.   That was just super cool!  All in all the best part of the show was being able to cruise the show and catch up with all the helmet collectors that I know from across the globe.   The fellowship and comradery is really fantastic in the present time.   There is a real bond among the collectors and it's just great to see all the guys.  I had dinner with various collectors on Thursday and Friday evening and the common thread among us all is the passion for WWII history.   Our love of the WWII items is fueled and driven by our passion for WWII history.   I didn't set up at the show this time and made it a trip for fun.   I really needed a low key fun trip with the loss of my dad in late January.   I have a renewed sense of energy after the show.  It reminded me of how and why I started the helmet business.   Sometimes, it's good to stop and take stock of things.   It's our 10th anniversary of the website this year in June and seeing all the guys reminded me of what's important.   Thanks for a great show Louisville! 

 

Until next time....happy hunting!!!! 

Dave 

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Payment Methods and Shipping   

 

Cash, Check, Money Order, and PayPal are all accepted.   



There will be a 4.0% fee for PayPal purchases. For PayPal, simply provide me with your e-mail address and the item(s) you want and I will forward you a PayPal invoice.   

SHIPPING 

Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks. 

Shipping will be handled on a quote basis.  Generally we use USPS Priority Mail, but UPS is available as well.   

International shipping is also on a quote by quote basis.  We will ship to any country that shipping is available.   Be advised that if you are in a banned country, the risk for customs seizure is yours.  We normally use USPS Express  Mail International.  Unless otherwise noted, if you don't request insurance, items will ship without insurance and we cannot accept responsibility for lost shipments.  For the best tracking and fastest transit time, we recommend United Parcel Service, International Door to Door Service.    

 

Please make checks and money orders payable as follows:

         Dave Shirlin

128 Silver Pine Drive  

Hendersonville NC 28739

USA  

Email:  GermanHelmets@morrisbb.net

 

 


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