This particular helmet was a regular "walk in" meaning it came from someone who doesn't collect but who inherited it through family or relatives sold it to me directly via the website. So it's never been on a dealer site or at a military show before. Every square inch of it is 100% untouched and authentic and since it was first issued. This M40 EF66 was made by the Emaillierwerke AG factory in the city of Fulda, Germany in the later part of 1940 according to data compiled relating to it's rear lot number of 7346.
Decal is a text book C.A. Pocher eagle and is seen on all original NS helmets and mid war EF M40's which later switched to their own unique Huber Jordan EF decal.
Inside liner is fully in tact and made of sheepskin and well worn meaning this helmet was most likely worn by a frontline soldier with several years of hard fought service under his belt.
A very nice mid war regular Heer SD helmet for your collection!
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GERMAN HELMET FACTORY PRODUCTION CODES
(Every original German helmet produced from 1935 to 45 had two factory stampings punched into the side and rear or both in the rear. The alpha numeric number refers to the factory location and the inside metric circumference in centimeters. The rear lot number refers to the production run and was used as a quality control measure. The font styles used at each factory were slightly different but highly consistent throughout the war and so fakes or reproductions will either not have these numbers at all or they will use the wrong font style or letter spacing and so are easily identified as post war made.)
(FS or EF)-Emaillierwerke AG, Fulda, Germany
(ET or ckl)-Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale, Germany
(Q)-Quist, Esslingen, Germany
(NS)-Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany
(SE or hkp)-Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany