Original German WWII M40 Refurbished Splinter Pattern 1st SS Pz Division Leibstandarte Operation Goodwood 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 Splinter Pattern 1st SS Pz Division Leibstandarte Operation Goodwood Helmet:
- In July of 1944 the British launched Operation Goodwood near Caan to finally create the D-Day breakout that was weeks behind.
- Backed by 2500 aircraft, 3 British Armored Divisions smashed into the severely under strength German Units.
- The 1st SS LAH had been held in reserve and was released when the British broke through the thinly held lines.
- Once again the LAH, acting again as a fire brigade had sealed the break and held the line.
- By now the LAH had not only painted their helmets but added wire to eliminate the round contour of the helmet by added grasses and twigs to the helmet held by the wire.
- This helmet represents those men of the 1SS LAH who once again were called on the repair the break in the line, again and again
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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