Original German WWII M40 Refurbished 1st Infantry Division Souvenir DAK Single Decal Helmet - Stamped EF64

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 64 helmet shell, refurbished by a master German camouflage restorer. The shell is stamped E.F. 64, indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. It is also stamped with lot number 5088 under the rear skirt. Size 64 is a nice medium size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 57cm or US 7 to 7 1/8. Size 64 shells are harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.

Notable history of the WWII M40 1st Infantry Division Souvenir Heer Single Decal Helmet:

- This represents a German DAK heer Single Decal Helmet captured by Members of the Legendary 1st Infantry Division "The Big Red One", decorated on the front with their distinctive unit insignia. It was common for soldiers to personalize "bring back" helmets with their unit insignia.

- The 1st ID saw service in 1943 in Tunisia & Sicily against the German Afrikakorps and remnants (in Sicily). In 1944 the "Big Red One" landed at Normandy and served in France - Germany through 1945.

- The helmet is also marked with TEBOURBA, BÉJA, TUNISIA, MAKTAR, KASSERINE, ORAN, SICILY, EL GUETTER, GRETA, and TROINA. These are areas liberated / taken with the help of the 1st Infantry Division was in during WWII, including the famous Kasserine Pass battles in Tunisia.

What does refurbished mean? While the shell is 100% genuine WWII manufacture, we have tasked, perhaps the very best German Helmet restorer in the USA, to customize this helmet. Every detail is hand done, with the finest materials including a hand painted shell with high quality authentic decal. Please know that the paint, decal, liner and chinstrap, while they look totally original are all new and the helmet has been refurbished to look as if it was picked up off the battle field by a USGI and brought home as a war trophy.

This helmet is one-of-a-kind there will never be one exactly like it making it a true collectors piece that will do nothing but appreciate in value in the coming years. This is a rare opportunity to own a genuine WWII German Helmet for a fraction of the cost of one with original camouflage paint and decals.

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