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    Heer (Army):  Austrian Guard Helmets (Unattributed)

This unusual helmet has not been fully attributed to any single unit or purpose.  It exhibits both the standard German Armed Forces eagle insignia (Wehrmachtsadler) in combination with an Austro-Hungarian traditional shield.  Preliminary research has indicated several possibilities for this helmet although all remain speculative.  Initial thoughts have held that the helmet was utilized by the Vienna Guard Battalion for non-ceremonial duties at the time of the Anschluss (1938).  However, Gardebataillon helmets used for ceremonial purposes generally bore a large metal Austrian eagle attached to the front of the helmet rather than a decal insignia on the right side.

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