Original German WWII Refurbished M40 II SS Panzer Corps Battle of Kharkov Helmet - Stamped SE66

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model 1940 M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell. The interior, left side, apron has a stamped manufacturer's code and size, SE66 indicating that Sächsische Emaillier und Stanzwerke A.G. of Germany manufactured it. It is also marked with heat lot number 3144 under the rear skirt. Size 66 is a nice medium large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 59cm or 7 1/4 to 7 3/8. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.

II SS Panzer Corps: Battle of Kharkov

- Formed in July 1942 from the 2nd SS Das Reich and 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen.

- In early 1943 the unit was tasked with defending Kharkov against a major Soviet Offensive.

- Against orders, Manstein retreated and deployed a mobile defense

- This tactic allowed him to defeat the Soviet advance that had started with the fall of Stalingrad and re-stabilized the front.

- This helmet represents one worn by a soldaten that served against impossible odds and yet closed the breach that was created with the fall of Stalingrad. Once again great feats were done with small depleted units

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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