Original German WWII M42 Refurbished Leningrad Winter Helmet - Stamped hkp64
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M42 M-1942 German WW2 size 64 helmet shell. The shell is stamped hkp64 indicating that Sachsische Emaillerwerk, of Lauter Germany manufactured it. Size 64 is a nice medium large size that can accommodate liners from 56cm to 58cm or US 7 to 7 1/4. Size 64 shells are hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
Notable history of the WWII Leningrad Winter Helmet:
The 872 day siege at Leningrad was perhaps the battle that while rarely discussed was one of the most fierce due to its length
In 1941 Army Group North was tasked with its capture as it was the base for the Russian Baltic Fleet with key industrial output.
The city held out and forced the German Army to encircle it as they continued east.
For nearly 3 years the city was subjected to continuous attack as the attackers were forced to endure extreme north Russian Winters.
In 1944, when the German Army was in retreat on all fronts the encirclement was broken with the Russian attacking up and down the entire front.
German casualties on the Russian front were in the Millions, with the Leningrad battle one of the most difficult.
This helmet represent those young Soldaten in Leningrad who were forced to not only face the Russian Onslaught, but the paralyzing winters as well.
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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