Original German WWII M42 Refurbished SSLAH Normandy 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 M42 SSLAH Normandy 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.
- Helmets at this time were painted in many designs as there was no central set of regulations
- These kids found what they could and applied it to their helmets in an attempt to just stay alive.
- 70 years later we have the perspective of time and one pattern that seems to be seen is the famous Turtle Shell.
- Splotches of paint to break up the shiny surface was a very effective camo
- This helmet represent those Soldaten clinging to every inch of ground during those last days of spring in 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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