Original German WWII Refurbished M40 1st SS Panzer Korp Helmet- Stamped EF 66
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 Q66 indicating that Quist in Esslingen, 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 always hard to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
1st SS Panzer Korp
This helmet is common to the 1st SS Panzer Korp in Normandy in 1944. This Korp was made up of the 1stSSLAH, 12thSS, and 17thSS Divisions. The Korp saw action at Caan and at the battle of Villers-Bocage. After re-fit it played a leading role in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge. It ended the war fighting in Vienna and finally Hungary.
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, decals, wire, 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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