Product Description: An honest and combat worn M40 Heer Normandy Camo Helmet right from a veterans estate in Texas! The helmet is a Model 40 made by the manufacturer Quist, designated by the “Q” prefix seen stamped on the helmets inner skirt. The size of the helmet is the typical size 64. The outline of a Heer decal can be seen clearly through the Camo paint on the helmets left side. All three of the split pins are secure, and show no evidence of prior tampering. The liner inside the helmet is original to the shell and also shows no signs of tampering. The leather of the liner exhibits possible traces of blood stains, resulting in a few thin areas on leather. The exterior Camo paint of the helmet shows honest wear from daily use and gives a great impression of the classic combat helmet. The paint used for the Camo is the classic “Normandy” style collectors call today with red, green, and tan paint sprayed on the helmet to aid in breaking up its silhouette on the battlefield. This is an excellent example of the classic Normandy Camo helmet that many collectors desire today.
Historical Description: The helmets used by WWII German soldiers were issued with a variety of solid paint colors applied at the factory. Different units deployed to combat zones had different methods to break up the iconic German helmet silhouette, for camouflage purposes. Some units issued fabric covers or camouflage nets. In other units, helmets were painted with camouflage colors. Among the most widely utilized camouflage paint finishes were solid tan for desert environments, solid white for winter use, and the tri-color camouflage scheme known to collectors as “Normandy” pattern camouflage. This camouflage style was certainly used in Normandy, famously by Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6, and also by many other units. But it was also used by various units in all the occupied countries along the German-fortified “Atlantic Wall.” The Normandy camouflage scheme is characterized by the use of red, green, and tan/brown/yellow paint. In some cases, the entire helmet would be oversprayed with the tan base color, and then areas would be further oversprayed with the red and green. Other helmet painters chose to simply spray areas with the various colors. These paints were, generally speaking, the same pigments supplied to units for the purposes of camouflaging vehicles. The paint was usually applied in unit work shops, using industrial type spray guns, rather than by the soldiers themselves. Every painter had his own style, and there were probably infinite variations in the way the helmets were camouflaged. Normandy camouflaged helmets were regarded by enemy GI soldiers as attractive souvenirs, and they remain very desirable collectibles today.
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