Original German WWII Refurbished M40 SSLAH Early Spring and Late Winter Normandy 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 to60cm or US 7 1/4 to 7 1/2. Size 66 shells are much harder to find and are therefore more valuable to a collector.
December 1944 the SSLAH spearheaded the famous Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) Battle.
By January 1945 with no fuel or supplies the units was forced back step-by-step to the German Frontier.
Helmets during this period helmets were heavily camouflaged with anything found in the area defended. Chicken wire was often used to break up the smooth surface as well as allow for sticks and brush to be added to the helmet.
During winter the helmets were over painted white. In this case the helmet was painted over the chicken wire, and the wire removed to expose a broken paint pattern to better blend into the terrain.
This helmet represent those Soldaten clinging to every inch of ground during those early last cold days of the winter of 1945.
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, 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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