Original German WWII Refurbished M40 II SS Panzerkorps Battle of Kharkov Helmet - Stamped EF66

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of a totally original Model M40 M-1940 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell, refurbished by a master German camouflage restorer. The interior, left side, apron of the shell has a stamped manufacturer's code and size E.F.66, indicating that Emaillierwerke AG, of Fulda, Germany manufactured it. It is also stamped with lot number ?030 under the rear skirt. Size 66 is a nice large size that can accommodate liners from 58cm to 59cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 3/8. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.

More on the II SS Panzerkorps: Battle of Kharkov M40 Helmet:

- The II SS PanzerKorps (II. SS Pz.Kp.) was formed in July 1942 from the 1st SS Panzer LAH, 2nd SS Panzer "Das Reich", and 3rd SS Panzer "Totenkopf" divisions.

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

- Against orders directly from Der Führer to hold Karkov "at all costs", Generalfeldmarschall Erich von 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 became known as the "backhand blow", and allowed the Wehrmacht to capture 615 tanks and had kill some 23,000 Soviet soldiers.

- 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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