Original German WWII Refurbished M42 Deutsches Afrikakorp DAK Helmet with Painted Palm - Stamped hkp66
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fine example of totally original Model M42 M-1942 German WW2 large size 66 helmet shell. The shell is stamped hkp66 indicating that Sachsische Emaillerwerk, of Lauter 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.
- The legendary Afrikakorp led by the Desert Fox Erwin Rommel was perhaps the most well known Armygruppe in WWII.
- The accomplishments far outweighed the number of men and Units actually deployed.
- The winning spirit and morale rivaled among the troops even the most cohesive SS units.
- Perhaps the most coveted helmet of WWII is the Afrikakorp with the hand painted Palm and Swastika.
- In 1942 the official Heer decal was ordered by Command to be painted over because it stood out visually from the Camo scheme.
- Many AK veterans used paint the color of the camo and hand painted on their badge of Unit pride, the Palm.
- This helmet represents one of the most rare and valuable helmets from WW2.
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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