Original German WWII M40 Refurbished SS Falaise Gap Helmet - Stamped EF66
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 EF 66 indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to60cm 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 SS Helmets used in the Falaise Gap:
The battles of Normandy saw a number of SS units participating including the 1st LAH, 2nd Das Reich, and the 12th HitlerJugen
While Camo helmets worn by the SS come in a variety colors and schemes, most agree that the units in Normandy France used a paint scheme that was a blend of greens with some red brown compared to Russia where the greens were predominant.
These SS units formed the backbone of the defense trying to prevent the Allied breakout into France
In spite of the hard fight, these units were overwhelmed and fell back with the rest of the Wehrmacht through Falaise only to return that December in the battle that caused more US casualties than any of the war, The Ardennes
This helmet represents those worn by the SS units that served in France in the battles of 1944-45
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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