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Offline Tug1970

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OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« on: May 28, 2016, 12:03:44 AM »
German Helmet Colander circa 1946

I thought some of you may find this slightly interesting as an oddity, didn't really know where to put it being of German origin but hope you don't mind the post. So this is perhaps one of the strangest additions to my helmet collection, a rather nice looking colander.  ;D

It started out life I would imagine as either a M40 or M42 German helmet given the pressed vent, please correct me if thats wrong as I don't have a great deal of experience with German helmets.



Around 1946 in Fulda, central Germany thousands of surplus German helmets were modified for kitchen duty.  I believe this modification took place at the same manufacturing firm that produced the helmets during WWII, Emaillierwerk AG Fulda.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFS_aAVfn_Y

One of my most trusted militaria mules ferried this one from the States for me........fine fellow that he is.



I thought it would be a fun item to own and also shows the ingenious re-purposing of these surplus helmets after WWII although the video brings a tear to the eye!








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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2016, 01:32:15 AM »
Travelling around Normandy over the years I've seen German / US helmet shells used as "hanging baskets" full of flowers and, welded to a pedestal and filled with sand, used cigarette butt bins! Waste not, want not!
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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2016, 09:07:53 AM »
They occasionally turn up for sale, on ebay etc....

I saw a few in a museum in holland


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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2016, 02:02:35 PM »
We used to use a Japanese helmet with bullet and shrapnel holes in it when we went camping. We did however wash the blood out defore the first use!   ;)

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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2016, 02:50:37 PM »
These are incredible finds and show how the German people survived after the war making do with what they had an overabundance of: War materials..

I have been searching for one of these for many years.. I hope to add one to my collection someday..

My wife told me that her Aunt had 2 of them in her attic in Germany but sadly she had tossed them in the trash..

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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2016, 06:17:37 PM »
We used to use a Japanese helmet with bullet and shrapnel holes in it when we went camping. We did however wash the blood out defore the first use!   ;)

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Yep, captured Japanese swords work very well around the camp fire.

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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2016, 10:53:31 AM »
I think these holes are just a wee bit small...and punched in the wrong place!  ;)
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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2016, 04:13:42 PM »
I think these holes are just a wee bit small...and punched in the wrong place!  ;)

When I use the Japanese helmet, I cook mostaccioli or rigatoni, it doesn't slip through the shrapnel holes.  8)
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Re: OK, I know what it is! German Helmet Colander circa 1946
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2018, 05:58:15 PM »
Beautiful colander!  Here's one made from a German WWII Fallschirmjaeger (paratrooper) shell.  I found it on eBay in 2016.  The seller was in the Netherlands.
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