I have a WW1 helmet with the name Sold. Börnig (2898) on it. I'd like to give it to a descendant.
Is there an index of soldiers I could look in?
I had misspelled the name Börnig, a critical error that had some repliers do unnecessary searching. I'm adding the following information.
I don't know if a picture can be added on this site. The helmet is the shape usually seen in movies and pictures of German soldiers -- full coverage, a flare around the bottom, the front higher, like a visor. It weighs two pounds eight ounces, (ouch.) There is a leather liner, attached to a metal band at its rim, the band being riveted to the helmet. There are two small rings attached to the band for a strap. The size is small, not even beginning to fit my head, and does not seem to be adjustable. The top is damaged, dented in a 2 x 3" shape, with the metal broken, indicating a heavy blow. Taped to the inside of the helmet was a piece of shrapnel, 2 x 1", deformed and jagged and quite twisted and rough; it is not part of the helmet. I was given the helmet by a friend whose grandfather fought in WW1. It was in an old trunk of the grandfather's, with other war memorabilia. The "Sold. Börnig (2898)" is printed with white paint inside the rear, near the edge, in large. figures still quite clear. That, my friends, is all I know about the helmet.