SOLD (tw) Outstanding, Rare Reverse-decal Waffen-SS M40 Helmet.SKU: ws29
Here is an opportunity to own one of these rare specimens, potentially representing a true einsatzkommando or anti-partisan piece of headgear. M40 versions of the reverse decal are almost unheard of. Characteristic of these helmets, many were originally Polizei-issue helmets (the police shield is underneath the CA Pocher runic shield) This helmet possesses the smooth dark green feldgrau finish of the M40 police issue. Usually, foreign volunteer forces began as Police, coming fully under the SS by RFSS decree in 1942-43. The M-35 and M40 types were seen more among the Einsatzgruppen or mobile killing squads operating in Poland early in the war; or issued within the SS-Polizei-Division. The foreign volunteers of the Baltics and the Ukraine came later, and were issued M42 DD police helmets, and when standardized from Schutzmannschaften to SS, given a runic shield to cover the police shield. These and the M40 police helmets comprise the largest number of reverse decal SS helmet types, for the above stated reasons. This one is un-named as far as I can tell and while the liner date is present, it has that gentle oxydized fuzz that can obscure the date and I’m not going to bend it and clean it to see the year– suffice it to say with a 1680 steel lot number it is about a late 1940 or earlier 1941 helmet. That puts it right in the early stages of the war in the East, right at the time of the Einsatzgruppen activities. The amount of use and wear this helmet displays is also an indicator of heavy field duty, likely anti-partisan in nature. All components are untouched and fully original to the helmet. Full of history, these helmets are as “mainstream SS” as any other type, given the size of that force that was dedicated to the deadly mission of those units. To me, these are among the most historic of the SS wartime helmets, because they are hard evidence of the most notorious period of nazi eastward expansion; the ghettos, the einsatzgruppen, the holocaust. Price is 11.8K USD and comes with my certificate of lifetime guarantee of authenticity.