Original German WWII M40 Refurbished 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen Helmet - Stamped Q68
Original Item: Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 extra large size 68 helmet shell. The shell is stamped Q68 indicating that Quist in Esslingen, Germany manufactured it. Size 68 is an extra large size that can accommodate liners from 60cm to 62cm or US 7 1/2 to 7 5/8. Size 68 shells are very hard to find and are therefore much more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII M40 9th SS Panzer Division "Hohenstaufen" Helmet-
- Formed in 1942 built around SSLAH Veterans, the unit saw its first action on the Russian Front in Poland in 1944.
- They were quickly pulled west to France when the Allies landed in Normandy.
- They are best known as the Unit resting and refitting at Arnhem in September 1944.
- Although Allied Intelligence was tipped off by French Partisans, the information was not utilized and the British Para’s landed in the midst of a very powerful German Armored force.
- The Bridge Too Far was immortalized into a film and it was then presence of the 9thSS that was the difference between success and failure
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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