Original German WWII M40 Refurbished WWII Operation Market Garden 9th SS Helmet - Size 66 Shell

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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 rear apron of the shell is stamped with lot number 2211, however the maker mark is not visible over the left ear, most likely due to wear and paint. It is however definitely a German WWII M40 shell.  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 Operation Market Garden 9th SS Helmet:

- In 1944 Montgomery conceived a plan to leapfrog across Holland capturing key bridges with Airborne Units and shorten the war.

- The Eindhoven and Nijmegen bridges were captured quickly.

- The Bridge at Arnhem proved to be a "Bridge Too Far".

- The 9th SS Panzer division was refitting after its escape from the Falaise pocket. The brown camouflage scheme approximates the change to fall foliage.

- This unit was unreported by British Intelligence.

- This helmet represents those men of the 9th SS Panzer who stopped the British Airborne at the bridge at Arnhem!

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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