Here is your front line every man's fighting helmet and in a nice large size 66 which will fit most men's heads of today. Based on it's rear lot number S3428 this helmet left the factory in August of 1943 at the exact same period that the last Heer decals were being applied. The inside sloppy drips are indicative of late war production especially at the Quist factory where many inside drips are observed on other original examples of Heer and Luftwaffe. Both the smooth inside and textured outside paint are 100% original from the factory as are the 3 matching split pins. Unfortunately it never came with it's original liner and so I professionally aged one and installed it in order to complete the piece. No dents, no cracks and no rust pitting.
A great late war large size M40 Q66 helmet with all original factory textured paint and a great addition to any new or seasoned 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