Original German WWII Refurbished M40 Afrikakorp Kasserine Pass Helmet - Stamped EF66
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 EF 66 indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, 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.
- The Kasserine Pass battle in Tunisia was the last Afrikakorp victory before capture in 1943 and it was the first large scale battle between US and German Forces.
- Montgomery and the British forces force the AK out of North Afrika and into Tunisia.
- The 5th Panzer Army was formed from remnants of the Afrika Korp veterans and was now part of 'Army Group Afrika '.
- The US launches operation Torch, the invasion of Tunisia and Army Group Afrika faces Americans on West and British on east squeezing them from both sides.
- This helmet was representative of those Afrikakorp forces in 'Army Group Afrika ' that were pieced together for this last victory before surrender or escape to Sicily to fight again.
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 and hand painted palm tree swastika (as was done in history). 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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