Original German WWII M40 Refurbished SSLAH Double Decal Turtle Shell Camo Helmet - Stamped EF66
Original Item: 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 to 60cm 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 WWII M40 SSLAH Double Decal Turtle Shell Camo Helmet-
- Over 70 years ago on June 6, 1944 the Allies invaded Europe starting on the beaches at Normandy France
- This period defined the end of the Luftwaffe where the Allies had complete control of the air.
- With German units on the defense everywhere, they painted their helmets with any paint that could be found either in a barn or those lucky enough to have some issued through supply channels.
- Units with armored units could use air compressors to apply the paint schemes; others had to hand paint the design.
- With no regulations are this time regarding an official directive on painting helmets, hundreds of variations are seen.
- In this case the helmet was painted with a famous Turtle Shell Pattern
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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