Original German WWII Refurbished M40 Luftwaffe Afrika Korps Italian FLAK 88 Helmet- Stamped Q66
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.
Luft AK/Italy Flak88
The celebrated Flak88 gun was used in an anti tank role starting in 1941 in Afrika. These weapons were handled primarily by the Luftwaffe. In 1942 the Afrikakorp had been pushed into Tunisia where the Tan camo was revised for a mixture of tan, brown, and green due to the changing terrain. This was further used once the survivors crossed back into Italy in 1943. The Italian camo was a mix of Tan/Brn/Green compared to the straight browns in Afrika and the primary greens used in Russia and France.
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. 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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