Original German WWII M40 Refurbished XLVII Panzer Corps Operation Lüttich 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 XLVII Panzer Corps Operation Lüttich Helmet-
- 6 weeks after D-Day, exhausted German forces were falling back
- In spite of an overwhelming superiority by the Allies, Hitler forbade any step back and ordered Operation Lüttich .
- Von Kluge and the XLVII Panzer Corps consisted of the 2nd Panzer Division, part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, the 2nd SS Panzer Division and the 116th Panzer Division.
- The intent was to surprise the Americans and cut through to the coast using 300 tanks to strike east of Mortain
- The attack would have been successful had it not been for the ultra code breakers who tipped Bradley off who then used air support to destroy the attack.
- Ultra was not disclosed to the public until 1974
- This helmet represents those soldaten not only fighting against all military odds, but also against the first electronic intelligence in history.
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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