The helmet originally came from Australia of all places. You get a lot of oddball finds and off the street walk ins when you run a website. The shell was painted in Czech black post war paint but when I stripped it down I could see the markings clearly as an M42 NS66 D435 placing the production date in mid 1944 less than a year before the end of the war. The helmet being this late in the war never had any Heer decal applied to it but must have been stationed somewhere in France or Belgium since all of the eastern front helmets were melted down after the war and so never survived about 85% of all German fought on the Eastern front which is why there just aren't that many original helmets out there in the world since those were all recycled in Soviet industry for their high valued cobalt, nickel and low carbon steel content. Since I assumed that this particular helmet must have served on the Western front since it ended up in Australia no doubt taken home by one of our Allied nations it may well have had a chicken wire cage camo applied to it. And so I went ahead and added one from aged steel wire I have had laying in my damp shed for the past 10+ years. The liner is a large size 59 and so would fit most men's heads of today as 58 and 59 seem to be the most common used these days.

Great helmet to display on your shelf or just for some straight up historical re-enacting!


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Champlain, NY 12919-0555

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Shipping to Europe/UK: $65 with full tracking numbers.
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(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

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