Original German WWII M40 Refurbished 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich Kharkov Helmet - Stamped EF66
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell. The shell is stamped EF 66 indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to60cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 1/2. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII M40 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich Kharkov Helmet:
- The city of Kharkov was the scene of multiple battles in 1942-44
- In 1943, while much of the Russian Army was tied up near Stalingrad Erich von Manstein unleashed the SS panzer Korp, made up of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd SS divisions and recaptured the city
- Experts point to this battle as the last great German Victory in the east in WWII. It is thought that the victory set the Soviet forces back 6 months.
- By mid-war helmets were camouflaged any way possible. In this case a green paint that has flaked over time with a Chickenwire covering with the correct European mesh to hold foliage.
- This helmet represents those men of the 2SS Panzer Division who while under strength delivered the Wehrmachts last great victory in Russia
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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