Original German WWII M40 Refurbished 82nd Airborne Division Souvenir SS Double Decal Helmet - Stamped NS64

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of a totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell, refurbished by a master German camouflage restorer. The shell is stamped NS64, indicating that Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, of Schwerte, Germany manufactured it. It is also stamped with lot number 5861 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 Refurbished 82nd Airborne Division Souvenir SS Double Decal Helmet:
- This represents a German SS Double Decal Helmet captured by Members of the 82nd Airborne "All American" Division, decorated on the front with their distinctive unit insignia. It was common for soldiers to personalize "bring back" helmets with their unit insignia.

- The helmet is also marked with SICILY, EINDHOVEN, SAINTE MERE EGLISE, NIJMEGEN, SALERNO, CHENEUX, and NORMANDY, locations liberated / taken with the help of the 82nd Airborne Division was in during WWII. It is also marked with ELBE and RUHR, two rivers they had to cross.

- The 82nd Airborne "All American" Division is one of the most well known and famous of all divisions of the U.S. Army, and the first to be officially designated an "Airborne" division. During WWII they were first deployed to Sicily, and then to Italy, before taking part in the Normandy invasion in 1944. They took part in Operation Market Garden as well as the Battle of the Bulge.

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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