Product Description: An unbelievably nice Single Decal Heer Winter Camouflage Helmet. Finding an original and untouched Heer Winter Camouflage Helmet on the market is not an easy task. Nearly all winter camouflage helmets found have either been altered in some fashion, the white wash has faded, or they are just all together fake. This helmet was brought into a local show by the veterans wife who was assisted by her daughter, who was also elderly, roughly three years ago. The gentlemen who originally purchased this helmet recently sold it to a friend of mine who then passed it on to me. This is the absolute best Single Decal Heer Winter Camouflage Helmet I have ever had the privilege to see and much more to own. The helmet itself is a larger size 66, and is made by NS. The helmet was whitewashed using a thicker paint that was most likely diluted with water given that the paint has not yellowed much over the years like that of oil, or petroleum based paints. The Pocher style decal was neatly masked off before the application of the paint. The paint shows light use and wear throughout with a natural patina build up giving it a very appealing look. All three of the liners retaining pins are undisturbed and painted over with the exact white paint as the shell. The helmets liner is a single band steel type with a leather pigskin liner. The liner appears completely undisturbed. The bottom of the helmets lip has been painted with the same white camouflage paint as the exterior and shows wear. The helmet is stamped NS66 for the maker and the helmets size, as well as with the helmets lot number of “D16”. This is a rare opportunity to own a very desirable and highly sought after Single Decal Heer Winter Camouflage Helmet, don’t miss it!
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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