Original German WWII M40 Refurbished II SS Pz.Kp Kursk helmet - Stamped ET66
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 ET66 indication it was manufactured by Eisenhuttenwerk AG, Thale Harz with a batch number stamped into the rear apron. 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 much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII M40 II SS Pz.Kp Kursk helmet :
- Best known as the largest tank battle of WWII, the IISSPzKp carried the weight of the last great offensive by Germany in the East
- Three veteran SS units combined to spearhead the drive, : 1st SS LAG, 2SSDas Reich, 3SS Totenkopf.
- In spite of defenses almost 100 miles deep, the units drove forward regardless of losses.
- Helmets at this time were heavily camouflaged with paint provided or found by the field units.
- With no regulations regarding paint schemes, collectors can come across very unique patterns.
- This particular helmet represents those rare versions where the owner took the time to break up the shiny surface with waves and lines. Very unique
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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