Original German WWII M42 Refurbished SSLAH Double Decal Winter Battle of the Bulge 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 SSLAH Double Decal Winter Battle of the Bulge Helmet:
December 1944 the SSLAH spearheaded the famous Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) Battle.
By January 1945 with no fuel or supplies the units was forced back step by step to the German Frontier.
During winter the helmets were over painted white. In this case the helmet was painted with a Turtle Shell White Pattern to better blend into the terrain.
This helmet represent those Soldaten clinging to every inch of ground during those early last cold days of the winter of 1945.
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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