Original Cold War 1948 Russian Soviet SSh-39 Steel Combat Helmet - Converted to Traffic Police in 1969
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice used example, stamped in ink the rear skirt P-11 1948. Comes complete with original three pad liner with chin strap. The helmet was converted after 1969 to a Traffic Controller under order of MO SSSR Nr 200. Size is approximately US 7 1/4 (58cm).
The SSh (stalnoy shlem, or steel helmet) 39 was of simple, more modern design than previous versions, and was much easier to manufacture than the M36. The SSh-39 would be the standard design for Soviet helmets for the next 29 years, with only minor changes occurring during that time. It is also the design for the helmet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.
The helmet was produced primarily in three factories, the Stalingrad Tractor Factory (designated CT in the ink stamp), the Red October Factory (3K0) also in Stalingrad, and the Lysva Metallurgical Factory (LMZ).
The first liner was an eight-finger leather liner, similar to the German M35-M42. Next came a short production of an eight-finger liner made of Gralex.
The final version of the SSh-39 liner was cloth, similar to the M-36 liner.
All three variations of the liner were suspended from the helmet by three metal tabs, which were riveted to the shell near the top. This helmet, like the M-36, saw action in numerous campaigns before it was phased out in 1942 in favor of the SSh-40.
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