Please tell me you bought this as a 're-enactor's special'? Apart from the fact that DD M40 SS's are rarer than rocking horse $hit, every element of this helmet shouts fake at me.
When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling
I guess seeing a minty SS DD makes alot of people murky...lol
Well from what I can see the decal is correct and the lot number agrees with DD configuration. So congrats on a rare helmet in fine condition.
Bummer about the decal...