Original German WWII Refurbished M40 Hermann Goring Division 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.
Hermann Goring Division
- In 1943 the Hermann Goring Division was reformed from former Afrikakorp V
eterans in Sicily.
- In July 1943 the Allies attacked Sicily and the Hermann Goring Division was the backbone of the German defense and was the last to leave the island to Italy acting as rearguard.
- In September 1943 the Division held the line at Salerno and then the Gustov line which was a defense across the width of Italy.
- Finally, the unit was the first to be on site at the surprise Allied landings in 1944 at Anzio and was instrumental in stalling this offensive.
- This helmet accurately represents those worn by Hermann Goring personnel in Sicily and Italy 1943-44.
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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