Original German WWII M42 Refurbished 12th SS Hitlerjugen’ at Caan Helmet - Stamped hkp66
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M42 M-1942 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell. The shell is stamped hkp 66 indicating that Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke A.G. of 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 M42 12th SS Hitlerjugen’ at Caan in Italy:
- Made up of former Hitler Youth, this unit was first deployed 7 June 1944.
- It’s legend was created at Caan France during the Normandy D-Day invasion when they held up the British a month which jeopardized the success of the whole invasion.
- Once dislodged it held open the Falaise Pocket and then was pulled to refit.
- The unit once again saw action in the famous Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).
- These young troopers were known by the Allies as fierce fighters and this helmet shows the wear and tear of the last 11 months of the war.
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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