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    Collector Topics: Camouflage - M1942 Luftwaffe Foreign Volunteer

This M1942 Luftwaffe helmet has been modified by the addition of the Belorussian national colors decal on the right side.  Like other branches of the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), the Luftwaffe also accepted foreign volunteers.  The largest of these volunteer groups was trained at a Luftwaffe base near Frankfurt am Main.  Serving as anti-aircraft artillery, the majority of the volunteers were engaged in the defense of the areas surrounding Berlin in 1944 and 1945.  The helmet below exhibits a hand applied two color scheme consisting of brown and white.  The colors are consistent with a winter-spring camouflage pattern most likely used in early 1945.  Several thousand Belorussian volunteers served with the Luftwaffe although few helmets of this type have survived World War II.

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