Original German WWII M40 Refurbished Operation Spring Awakening SS Helmet - Stamped EF64
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 64 helmet shell. The shell is stamped EF 64 indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. Size 64 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 58cm or US 7 to 7 1/4. Size 64 shells are harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII M40 Spring Awakening SS Helmet:
The last major German offensive in WWII March 1945 in Hungary.
Led by the 6th SS panzer Army, led by the LSSAH (Leibstandarte).
The objective was to protect the last oil reserves of the Wehrmacht.
Poor terrain made it difficult for the Tigers to advance, and during the build up the Soviets created a defense that went 40KM deep.
After bitter fighting , only 15-20KM had been penetrated when the last German reserves ran out.
That was the bitter end for the veteran LSSAH veterans who were forces to retreat to Vienna only to surrender near Styr to US forces.
The helmet represents one worn by a long weary SS Soldaten who fought and held out until the bitter end
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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