Original German WWII M40 Refurbished Afrikakorp Flak Regiment Helmet- Stamped Q66
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 Q66 indicating that Quist in Esslingen, Germany manufactured it. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 60cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 1/2. Size 66 shells are always hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII M40 Afrikakorp Flak Regiment Helmet
- In 1941 the first German Troops entered Afrika to bolster the Italian troops who were being defeated by the British,
- The Germans, told to act defensive immediately went on the attack under the orders of Erin Rommel.
- The Afrika campaign was best known for lightening thrusts by Rommel’s Panzers. Many do not know that Rommel also used his Panzers to bait traps for the British Armored Forces.
- Converting the famous 88 to an Anti tank role, Rommel created traps that the British were led into and destroyed.
- It was the FLAK units with the famous 88 FLAK Gun that was used in the Anti-Tank role that were pivotal in maintaining the balance as tank losses rose with inconsistent supply due to huge shipping losses.
- This helmet represents those men of the AK Regiments who served against impossible odds and held the advantage with such a superior weapon.
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. 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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