Original German WWII M40 Refurbished SS Normandy Medic Sanitat 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 SS Medic (Sanitat) Helmet
- The battles in Normandy saw a number of SS units including the 1st LAH, 2nd Das Reich, and the 12th HitlerJugen.
- Unlike on the Russian Front where the red cross on the helmet was not respected, the western front demonstrated a level of civility for war that is.
- The commonly found Medic helmets had the white circle with the red cross within. Yet, as the war progressed many variations were found.
- In this case the helmet doesn’t stand out as much with the white cross surrounded by red. Civility was found, but in war they had learned to cut every corner to survive.
- This helmet represents those worn by the SS Sanität (Medical) 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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