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SUMMER IS CLOSE to an end for the UK, and as with every year the drawing in of Autumn sees a sharp rise in buying and selling activity online. So what to look out for? 

The start of the First World War Centenary commemoration is just two years away, in 2014. With this in mind, here is our next Top 5 Picks article to give you ideas for your militaria investments.

Top 5 picks of iconic Great War helmets.

FIRST WORLD WAR relics are considered to be special not only because they bear witness to the event of a first ‘total war’ in which 20th century technology clashed with 19th Century tactics, but because in many cases they represent the first example of military technology still in use today, such as the modern steel helmet.
 
War reveals people at their best and worst, it amplifies human dilemmas, it is immensely destructive and an extreme human experience – and no more so than for the Great War. With the passing of Florence Green, the last serving veteran of the conflict in February this year, only the writings of authors and poets remain to bear witness to the events that unfolded at the beginning of last century.  
 
Enter the WW1 collector, gathering key secondary evidence. Collecting may have started in response to being passed a relic from their Great Grandfather’s service, or it may have started proactively from a fascination with understanding the conflict causes, course and consequences. And what better collecting focus to have than the iconic steel helmets issued to all sides, each designed to uniquely identify the combatant as friend or foe. 
 
The large number of head wounds caused by murderous exploding shells and fragmentation forced the combatant nations to develop the modern steel helmet, led by the French, who introduced the Adrian helmet in 1915. It was quickly followed by the Brodie helmet, worn by British Imperial and U.S. troops, and in 1916 by the very distinctive German Stahlhelm, a design, with improvements, still in use today.

Here are our top 5 picks of iconic Great War helmets we think any serious WW1 collector should aspire to own: Read More >>

Militaria Spotlight

Every month we pick out a few items you can buy today on WARSTUFF:

A rare WW1 German M17 Combat helmet. It has it's original Camouflage sectioned paint pattern in shades of greens and browns >>

Original inert WW1, Mills No 23 MK II hand Grenade. The plate is dated '9/17' >>

Excellent condition original WW1, German Army Officer's, Dreyse, .32 auto/7.65 mm semi automatic pistol. Deactivated >>

A nice condition WW1 Imperial German Trench Dagger and scabbard. >>

1917 dated 37mm French Anti Zeppelin Incendiary round, inert. Rare collectable >>

Excellent original condition WW1 British Brodie Steel helmet complete with liner and chinstrap. >>


Twitter Roundup #32

Here are some of the military history links that we've liked and shared with our community this past month:

* WW2 Mosquito undergoes $1.6m restoration to flying condition in Calgary after being in storage for 40 years  >>

* Landslide uncovers 1,000 deadly #WW2 bombs and rockets on the Yorkshire coast, formerly used as a practice range >>

* One of only 6 WW2 Tiger Tanks shipped to the US for restoration >>

* Extraordinary colour film of WW2 prisoners and guards inside Colditz castle 70 yrs after it was shot >>

* Newly refurbished WW1 M1917 tank unveiled this week by the Canadian War Museum From rusty hulk to this  >>

* Military radio used to transmit final message from Japanese before they were overrun on Iwo Jima found in WW2 bunker  >>

* Canadian veterans remember the horror of a botched WW2 invasion on French port of Dieppe 70 years later  >>

* Sunken WW2 German U-Boat found by divers off Nantucket believed to be the U-550 hit by depth charges  >>

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