That's a Pocher or replica of a Pocher on an M40 helmet. I highly doubt the decals authenticity due to this point alone but without a proper decal photo it is impossible to say only speculate. I would rather err on the side of caution, Pocher SS decals are very rarely found on M40's and when they are it's typically with a reissued helmet with the original SS decal under the Pocher or a reverse decal / double runic.
Is it really an M40? In the original auction, e.g. WWII RELIC M42 GERMAN HELMET WITH REMAINING DECAL | eBay , it lacks the rolled edge and looks more like the M42 to me.
Nonetheless, it does seem to be a little pricey for what it is and if it's an iffy decal then I'll give it a miss. Thanks all!
My apologies I meant to type M42. Pochers are rarely found on both M40 and M42.
I've only seen 1 I believe. Had a meeting with a collector down in California yesterday and he had quite a convincing one to show me but as I suspected ADM proved the decal to be a hi end fake which I will be doing another ADM expose on after SOS.
You will find Pochers on M40/42 reverse decal and double runics as the "extra" decal however but these are rare rare rare to find.
This ones a very good fake with 1 serious but minor flaw that got me scratching my head. ADM exposed the rest. But had that small flaw not been there it would be a perfect visual fake.
Ah, so not only is it not a spectacular deal, but it's also fake. Okay, thanks for the info! It was relisted at £120 and I thought I'd better recheck the thread to ensure I hadn't missed a winning verdict. Thanks again!