Colander and bedpan made from German helmets

After their surrender, German soldiers were forced to hand over their helmets. They were recycled in factories and everyday items made from those helmets were on sale at the HEMA department stores. Back to highlights

Reconstruction
Interest in the war dwindled as the forties drew to a close and the ravaged Netherlands concentrated on reconstruction of the devastated country.

Short supply
Several hundred thousand homes had been destroyed by wartime hostilities. Materials for reconstruction were in short supply. Destroyed bridges and the lack of transportation made it difficult to bring materials in.

Severe shortages remained during those post-war years.

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