M40 Flat Black SS Helmet - Hand Rendered Insignia - ET66 - Lot # 1764
This is one I have had for about 10 years. It was the subject of one of my first topics here on WRF, but I can't find the topic in my content, and in any case, I think it is worth a re shoot. It is a former Luftwaffe shell, an ET66, lot number 1764. When it arrived I discovered that the seller had included 2 pages of a letter, dated June 13, 1987, from someone who had inspected the helmet. As it turns out, when I showed the helmet to Al Barrows shortly after it arrived, he recognized it immediately, as he was the one who had written the letter nearly 20 years earlier! His letter (the last 2 pictures in this post) describes the piece fairly well so I will defer to his analysis. Hope you like it, Jim G.
10-03-2015 04:12 PM
Really nice helmet, and interesting read of the letter.
That is a killer helmet Jim. Couldn't read the whole letter from my small cell phone but from what I gather it's a foreign volunteer impressed into their own units or existing SS units. Am I correct?
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A great and rare helmet Jim, there's no doubting that the paintwork on this one is period, an interesting letter to read as well. Leon.
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