Original M42 Shell HKP64 Rear Lot 4544 Fully Restored as a KM Atlantic Wall Camo
This restoration was inspired from a known late war M42 KM (Kreigsmarine/Naval) helmet which was captured shortly after D-Day from a German solider whose regiment was part of the Atlantic Wall formation. From 1942-45 KM M42 helmets typically were HKP or CKL and completed at the factory in a feld grau textured finish with a single metallic gold foil backed KM post war decal. The backing is metallic gold and not tea toned silver so the decal really does look the part historically speaking.
Many KM helmets were later repainted while aboard the soldier’s assigned ship with a layer of smooth blue gray paint with the original factory decal either painted around or painted over. In many cases a new field applied KM decal was actually applied over top this new layer of blue gray over paint which was done in the example below.
From 1943-44 the average front line German solider had no idea when D-Day was going to happen but did fully realize that a full scale Allied invasion from Southern England was imminent and so with lots of spare time on their hands would often supplement their helmet with their very own personal camo scheme. In most Atlantic Wall camo examples the pattern most often seen tends to be a blue gray base paint followed by a simple geometric or angular pattern in green an attempt to blend in both with the grassy shoreline and concrete bunker fortifications they were occupying. There known factors were the inspiration for the restoration you see below.
SOLD – HOWEVER ANOTHER ONE CAN BE MADE IF REQUESTED
I have this pricing scheme because it gives my customers the option of buying with or without a liner. About 1/3 of the time the customer has his own original liner or doesn’t want a liner at all so instead of having to remove a completed liner it’s most efficient for me to just give the customer both options from the get go.
Atlantikwall Background History
The Atlantic Wall (German: Atlantikwall) was an extensive system of coastal fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the western coast of Europe as a defense against an anticipated Allied invasion of the mainland continent from Great Britain. Many major ports and positions were made part of the Atlantic wall and received heavy fortifications, Hitler ordered them all to fight to the end and some of them remained in German hands until the unconditional surrender of Axis Forces on May 8, 1945. Several of the port fortresses were resupplied by submarine after being surrounded by Allied forces. The defenders of these positions included Slavic soldiers and SS troops. Artillery and Flak units as well as members of the Kriegsmarine would often paint their helmets to match the concrete bunkers they were forced to stay and defend. An overwhelming Allied build up of airplanes and naval ships would have meant that the average German solider would have been an easy target for incoming forces if not well camouflaged. This helmet would have been field painted this pattern from what looks like must have been some crude form of masking tape used to create this geometric block pattern in a light battleship gray base paint followed by dark greens. This helmet is a size 64 which is size medium for the time as most German soldiers of this era were children during the years surrounding the Great Depression and therefore suffered from rampant malnutrition which is why both tunic and helmets sizes of this era seem so small for the men of today’s overfed generation.