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    Default Lw. M.40 camo helmet, named

    Interesting camo helmet. Was tan painted, then green/brown over that, likely later. The camo scheme matches with the movement of the unit ID'd to the Luft Feldpost nr., which fought in the south of France and was destroyed by the 3rd Div. (Audie Murphy) as it retreated north. The name is to "Pio. Panchers". "Pioneer" was a rank/MOS designation that replaced "Flieger" in 1943 in the Luftwaffe when it began fielding large numbers of ground combat units.
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    Very nice! I am really liking these helmets that are getting posted, but I am afraid it may cost me a butt-load of money in the future...

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    I agree very nice, I like how the history can tracked. GR

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    Thanks guys. It isn't "pretty" or what the WAFtarded like, i.e. an "exotic freshie" (i.e., a fake they think is original). But it serves the purpose for which it was painted. The Lw. FPN is for the unit below, and its history. Flak Regt. 85 was stationed at the Southern coast of France and the US invasion, Operation Dragoon, pushed this unit north, into Germany. It was basically destroyed during fighting retreat, particularly at the battle of Montelimar. The helmet would have been camoed tan for the French coast, and by Montelimar the Luft 88 unit's gear and helmets would have been green and brown to match the changed terrain.

    Panchers LW helmet
    L 40363 569

    30/7/41 - 28/2/42 = 2 Bttr Sch Flak Abtl 346
    12/3/43 - 7/9/43 = 2 Bttr Gem Flak 346

    So it seems that the FP number wasn't used anymore after September 1943.

    Reserve Flak department 346
    Heavy Flak department 346 (v)
    Mixed Flak department 346 (v)
    The reserve Flak department 346 (v) in October 1941 in air gau was set up the VI with four heavy batteries and used afterwards in France. In July 1942 the department became into heavy Flak department 346 (v) renamed. In January 1943 it lay in Tarascon at the staff of the Flak regiment 85 with the 11. Flak division. At the end of of 1943 was extended the department by two light batteries and into mixed Flak department 346 (v) renamed. In August 1944 it was used in the Rhonetal, 1945 was located it at the upper Rhine.

    gemischte Flak-Abteilung 346 (v)

    Formed 10.41 in Luftgau VI with 4 Batterien, as Res.Flak-Abt. 346 (until 7.42, and then s.Flak-Abt. 346).

    Reorganised as a gemischte Abteilung in late 1943, when 2 new leichte Batterien was formed:

    5./gem.346 from 2./992
    6./gem.346 from 4./992

    From late 1943 4./gem.346 was also known as RAD 3./293.


    1941/42 in France
    1942 in Coulommiers(?)
    1.43 in Tarascon under 11. Flak-Division (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.11.43 in Tarascon under 18. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.1.44 under 12. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.2.44 under 12. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.3.44 in Tarascon under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.4.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.5.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.6.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.7.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.8.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    8.44 in Rhonetal (Avignon, Montèlimar)
    1.9.44 under 5. Flak-Brigade (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85)
    1.10.44 under 13. Flak-Division (Stab/Flak-Regiment 85) [Stab, 5.-6./gem.346]
    1.11.44 - 1.12.44 not listed
    1945 in Oberrhein area (South Germany)

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