Original German WW2 Steel Helmet: M40 (Shell Size 66-68)
Original Item: Found after years of storage in our own warehouse!
Imported in the early 1990 these are genuine 100% original German Nazi WW2 Helmets that had been left in Norway after the end of WW2. It is well known that Norway adopted surplus German WW2 Helmets for use with their border guard after the war. Approximately 40,000 were released in the 1970s to Crown Surplus Stores in Calgary that sold them to Collector's Armory, who retailed them for $24.95 each; all of this is a very distant memory.
These, released in the early 1990s, are Original helmets that were ?condemned? immediately after the war. The process of demilitarization was to punch a small hole in the crown with a pickaxe. Once the Norwegian government realized that they actually needed the helmets for their own Border Guard, each helmet was carefully repaired and repainted, often right over the original German decals, and put into storage in order to be reissued.
IMA purchased the total quantity of these helmets and imported them in 1992. Somehow or other, some of these became overlooked and have just be uncovered during our first inventory overhaul in nearly 15 years. Now there are just a handful of these original helmets, all complete with Norwegian issue liners and chin straps.Helmet Pattern: M40
Shell Size Range: 66-68 (Our Choice)
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