Original German WWII M40 Refurbished WWII SS Italian Front 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 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 WWII M40 2nd SS Italian Front Turtle Shell Camo Helmet:
- Of all fronts, the German army was not defeated in Italy. A Skillful defense up the boot of Italy by hardened Afrikakorp survivors as well as adhoc units in constant reconstruction fought to the end and only surrendered once the war in Europe ended.
- SS units had been drawn off the Russian front prior to Italy’s capitulation and were forced to disarm the Italian Army.
- Because the Italian landscape was mountains, it was very suitable for defense and the Germans created defensive lines across Italy using delaying actions as they stopped the Allies and then fell back to the next position.
- This helmet worn was by SS Units with the Unique Italian theatre Turtle Shell Camo coloration.
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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