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WW 1. Fantastic Grouping of Omaha Beach War Relics found by Nigel Flitter on the 30th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasions. June 6th, 1974. 

These artifacts were carefully collected back in 1974 (when you could still find things) by Nigel Flitter, an Englishman who had an interest in WW II, and attended the memorial services on the 30th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasions (June, 1974). He found a very nice German M-1840 Helmet in the dunes that still retains remnants of a decal and original paint. There is a fragment of an American Landing Craft that he found on the beach, a fragment of a concrete German Bunker and a section of German barbed wire to round things out, each has a detailed label with exact provenance as he found them. Just imagine the drama witnessed by these mute participants on that fateful day, June 6th, 1944, “Bloody Omaha”. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.



Jack W. Melton Collection of WW II Helmets

Many are battlefield struck, some identified, quite a few have great provenance. The core of the collection once belonged to the late Mike Miner who had one of the best WW II collections in the country.


WW 2. US M-5 Flak Helmet signed by American Hero Major Robert Morgan, Pilot of the B-17 “Memphis Belle” and B-29 “Dauntless Dottie.

Robert Knight Morgan (July 31, 1918 – May 15, 2004) was a colonel and a Command Pilot in the United States Air Force from Asheville, North Carolina. During World War II, while a captain in the United States Army Air Forces, Morgan was a bomber pilot with the 8th Air Force in the European theater and the aircraft commander of the famous B-17 Flying FortressMemphis Belle, flying 25 missions. After completing his European tour, Morgan flew another 26 combat missions in the B-29 Superfortress against Japan in the Pacific Theater. Here is the complete Wikipedia article on Morgan and his life:

The helmet is in great condition with its original liner. Ex. Mike Miner, ex. Jack Melton collection.


WW 3. German M-43 SS Panzer Field Cap.

Made by prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp (near Munich). Mint condition with unfaded black fabric and perfectly intact inner liner. Totally unmolested. When the camp was liberated by US Troops in 1945, great quantities of these cloth items were were found and taken home as war trophies.


WW 4. German M-40 KIA Combat Helmet completely penetrated by a large Shell Fragment. Demyansk Pocket, Eastern Front.

This unfortunate soldier of the Reich was no doubt killed instantly by a large shell or mortar fragment that pierced his helmet and blew through the other side. The kinetic energy alone would have caused his head to disintegrate. A grisly relic of the 1942 Demyansk Pocket battles on the Eastern Front. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.


WW 5. WW II “GIVE IT YOUR BEST!” US Flag Propaganda Poster Dated 1942.

Near mint condition with only minor tears. Large size, 28″ x 40″. This original World War II propaganda poster was issued by the United States Office of War Information to encourage all Americans to serve their country on the home front as well as on the front line. Dynamic design depicting the stars and stripes American flag above the slogan – Give it Your Best! – as a visually patriotic and effective way to boost the war effort. The United States Office of War Information (OWI; 1942-1945) was created by the US Government to produce coordinated information and propaganda campaigns during the war after the Pearl Harbor attack. Poster No 9 Washington DC US Government Printing Office. Perfect size for framing and will totally give your relic room some character.


WW 6. M-1 US Army Captain’s Helmet. World War II. 

Great example with original paint and Captain’s Bars. No liner. Provenance uncertain, but most likely European Theater. Ex Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.


WW 7. German Waffen SS NCO Visor Cap.

Superb condition. All original with no repairs or monkey business. This is a high grade example.


WW 8. M-40 German Panzer Master Sergeants Field Tunic.

Here is the uniform jacket of a German Armored or ‘Panzer” Division Enlistedman. Note pink piping on shoulder insignia. The floral Edelweiss Shoulder Insignia designates “Mountain Division”. There is a Berlin manufacturer’s label inside the collar. Condition is excellent and unmolested. Tank Badge is original. The officer who wore this jacket was a small man which makes sense for a tank crew. It displays perfectly on a modern 12 year old youth mannequin.


WW 9. Excavated US M9A1 Rifle Grenade Shaft from the “Battle of the Bulge”.

Mid section of an American anti-tank grenade found in 1976 by Kevin Smith near Bastogne, Belgium. Ex. Mike Miner collection.


WW 10. Captured KIA Imperial Japanese Army Combat Helmet. 

This helmet is in great condition and still retains its original liner. Apparently the soldier was killed instantly when hit in the head with a couple of machine gun rounds or artillery/mortar fragments. Obviously brought back as a souvenir from a Pacific War veteran. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.

$495.00 HOLD D.F. for J.B.

WW 11. Tail Fin Assembly from a German Incendiary Bomb found by a Schoolboy in S.E. England 1940.

Cool relic with character from the dark days of the “Blitz”. Battle of Britain. Ex. Mike Miner collection.


WW 12. British Paratrooper’s Combat Helmet found on the September 1944 Arnhem Battlefield. Operation “Market Garden”. 

Very good condition with worn but original brown olive drab paint. Tag on back rim states that it was found by a local farmer and used until 1984, possibly as a storage bucket. These wartime British Airborne helmets are exceedingly rare. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.


WW 13. Dug US M-1 Garand Bayonet/Fighting Knife.

Verbal provenance of Western Europe, the provenance tag is lost. Ex, Mike Miner collection. Almost all of Mike’s excavated items were from Bastogne and Normandy.


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WW 14. World War I Exploded German 77 mm. Mustard Gas Shell with Poison Gas Bottle.

Most likely brought home as a souvenir after the war. Remarkable in how the shell split apart so evenly like a “death flower”. An amazing display piece. The gas bottle is included for display and is complete with cap and unbroken. Ex. Mike Miner collection.


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WW 15. World War I Exploded German 77 mm. Mustard Gas Shell with Poison Gas Bottle.

Most likely brought home as a souvenir after the war. Note brass sabot ring still attached to shell body. An amazing display piece. The gas bottle is included for display and is complete with cap and unbroken. Ex, Mike Miner collection. 


WW 16. M-1942 German Army Combat Helmet Found in a Bunker on Omaha Beach in 1950 by a Local Resident of Saint Laurent Sur Mer, Normandy. 

Excellent condition with original paint. Purchased from the finder by French collector David Amberg in 2007. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.


WW 17. Excavated German Combat Helmet found on Omaha Beach in 2005.

Mike Miner’s tag which accompanies this helmet states, “WW II German helmet found Dec. 3rd, 2005 by David Amberg on the seaside between Saint Laurent Sur Mer and Collieville Sur Mer at Omaha Beach”. Helmet is solid but corroded by the salt sea environment. A fantastic relic from that fateful June day on “bloody Omaha”.


WW 18. US M-1 Combat Helmet belonging to the late American War Hero Lt. Colonel Lee Swink Henry, recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  

Lt. Colonel Lee Henry was born in Abilene Texas in 1925 and served with distinction and merit in the US Army during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. This helmet is almost certainly from his service in Korea where he was wounded by an enemy grenade while defending a heavy machine gun section. He won a Silver Star for this action, which is described in detail in the citation for his medal:

GO # 695 Hq 24th Inf. Div. Dated 24th October, 1951

“1st Lieutenant Lee S. 063337, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company D, Twenty First Infantry Regiment, Twenty Fourth Infantry Division distinguished himself by courageous action near Hargin, Korea, on the night of 7 March, 1951. Lieutenant Henry was in command of a heavy machine gun section which was giving support to Company A in their assault on hill 1157. Reaching the top of the hill, the friendly forces were pinned down by intense enemy machine gun and small arms fire. With utter disregard for his own safety, he led his section to strategic positions in front of the company and, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire, directed the actions of his gunners and gave firing orders thus allowing the friendly unit opportunity to set up defensive positions. During the night, the area was repeatedly attacked by the fanatic enemy hordes. During each of these assaults he constantly moved from gun to gun, giving orders and encouraging his men, On one occasion, he personally prevented the enemy from overrunning a position by thwarting their attack with devastatingly accurate grenade and rifle fire. During this action he was wounded by an enemy grenade but he refused medical aid until the last attack had been repulsed. Lieutenant Henry’s unhesitant devotion to duty, outstanding leadership and aggressive initiative contributed immeasurably to the success of his unit’s mission and reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Infantry.”

He was also wounded in WW II. I have voluminous digital files with documents and photos from his life and service in all three wars. These will be emailed to the buyer. The helmet was acquired by Jack Melton via an Atlanta auction house. The helmet was submitted to the auction by Henry’s daughter.


WW 19. Excavated 17th SS Panzer Grenadier’s Helmet found in a German Foxhole near Bitche, France. A relic of Operation “Nordwind”.

According to the archaeological research that accompanies this helmet, it could have belonged to no other unit besides the 17th SS Panzer Grenadier’s Division. In this action, Operation “Nordwind”, they were facing the US 397th Infantry Regiment of the 100th US “Century” Division. The fighting in this sector was savage and occurred between Dec.31, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945. Condition is very good for a relatively recent find. Comes with digger’s letter. Great provenance. 


WW 20. US M-1 KIA Combat Helmet found on D-Day Battlefield, Normandy.

Appears to have been struck by a burst of machine gun fire, no doubt killing the soldier. Note entry and exit holes. According to Mike Miner’s tag, the helmet was collected by Normandy locals as metal scrap. 


WW 21. German Army Combat Helmet Found in a Hedgerow near Bayeaux, Normandy in 1967.

Accompanied by a letter from a W.F. Bassett Jr. of New Jersey recollecting how the helmet was found with his dad in a Hedgerow in Normandy. Helmet is in crushed condition with front missing. Possibly run over by a vehicle after the battle. The fight for the hedgerows in Normandy is well documented and was particularly brutal. Great provenance and an affordable Normandy invasion relic. Ex. Jack Melton collection.


WW 22. Excavated M-40 German Combat Helmet Found near Normandy Beach.

According to the tag that accompanies the helmet, it was found by a French relic hunter behind what was once the German lines guarding Normandy Beach. Good overall relic condition and complete. Once part of the Mike Miner collection. He was very focused on D-Day and Normandy battlefield artifacts with solid provenance.


WW 23. German WW II Dress Bayonet for K-98 (Mauser) Rifle.

Flat mint condition with perfect scabbard and buff colored leather frog. Brought into the shop by a local family.


WW 24. WW II US M-1 Combat Helmet Signed by Famous American War Heroes.

For a period of years, Jack W. Melton Jr. sought out these old warriors (his personal heroes) and had them sign this authentic World War Two American helmet. Many have added personal bits and unit and or service experience. Most, if not all of these real American Heroes have moved on to Valhalla. More to come on this description but you get the drift.


WW 25. Horrific Artillery Struck German M-40 KIA Combat Helmet.

Excavated condition. This poor soldier’s head would have totally disintegrated. As you can see, large shrapnel fragments penetrated it from the side and top and blew out the other side. A profound example of what war really is. Provenance uncertain.


WW 26. “Battle of The Bulge” US M-1 Combat Helmet Struck by Shrapnel.

This helmet is an early battlefield pick up from Houffalize, Belgium. A relic of the famous “Battle of the Bulge”. The soldier that wore it was probably killed or severely injured. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.

$595.00 SOLD M.J.

WW 27. Catastrophic KIA Artillery Struck German M-40 Combat Helmet.

Completely shattered by multiple shell fragments. Some blowing through the other side of the helmet. Provenance uncertain. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.


WW 27. World War I French M-15 Infantry Combat Helmet Struck by Shrapnel. Battle of the Somme. 

Condition is solid and complete. Neat relic from a dreadful battlefield. Note flaming bomb insignia in front.


WW 28. WW I M-16 German Combat Helmet Damaged by a Rifle Butt and Brought Home as a War Trophy by Pvt. Joseph E. Herbner, Co. F, 358th US Infantry. Battle of Soissons.

Off the charts “cool” factor here. The helmet is in excellent condition and clearly shows damage from a very heavy blow that is described on the envelope as coming from a rifle butt. The envelope contains Pvt. Hebner’s “Award of Compensation” Letter. The letter states that Herbner was wounded in action. There is a note written on the margin of the envelope that states “German Trench Helmet brought home by Pvt. J. Herbner. “Helmet was cracked by Gun Butt”, and (German was in it)”. Shell retains faded olive drab paint.


WW 29. Captured German Flag signed by a Company of US Infantrymen.

A trophy of war seized from the vanquished. Large NSDAP flag with many American GI signatures as well as their home towns. Superb condition with bright colors and no tears or damage. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack Melton collection.


WW 30. US Army M-1 Combat Helmet worn during the Battle of Carentan, June 6-12, 1944. 

Very nice condition with liner and inner shell. Note impact of a projectile that shattered the paint but did not penetrate the helmet. The name “PETE” is scratched on the front above visor. Most likely acquired directly from a US veteran back in the day. Ex. Mike Miner/Jack W. Melton collection.