This is a great looking late war combat helmet with a wonderful battle worn patina throughout. The outside textured feld grau paint has about 10% white paint still remaining which is the remnants of it’s original sodium bicarbonate based winter white wash. This particular paint was known to be used on vehicles and helmets during the winter months of 1944 on the Western Front as it could easily be removed for warmer Springtime conditions. Other all white painted helmets are rare but do exist however that type of paint was more likely captured civilian paint and not the military grade winter wash paint which was meant to be temporary.
The shell is a late war CKL66 (Eisenhüttenwerke in the city of Thale) with it’s original liner system and chinstrap. Both the liner and chinstrap have had some subsequent repairs however are in tact and very strong for many decades to come. A great late war winter wash example of winter fighting conditions along the Western Front.