Original German WWII M40 Refurbished SS Winter 3 Wire 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 59cm 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 SS Winter 3 Wire Helmet:
- The Waffen SS served on all fronts from 1939-1945.
- From 1940-1943 the units suffered during the ravaging winters on the Russian Front
- The winter of 1944 found these units also facing the full weight of the US/British/Canadian in France
- Helmets were painted to blend into the terrain with wire added to break up the smooth surface by sticking twigs and grasses into the wire on the helmet.
- When the snows came these painted helmets were quickly over painted white to blend in with the snow
- This helmet represents those worn by the SS units that served in France and Russia in the cold winters of 1940-45
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 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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