Original WWII Russian Soviet SSh-40 Steel Combat Helmet with Soviet Red Star

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The SSh (Russian: Стальной шлем - Stal'noy shlem or Steel Helmet) 40, also referred to as the M40 (Model 40), was the last and most commonly seen in-service helmet used by the Soviet Union during World War II. The only external difference between the SSh-39 and the SSh-40 were the six rivets near the bottom of the helmet, as opposed to the three near the top of the SSh-39 shell. Rivet placement of the SSh-40 was due to a newly introduced liner, simpler and more sturdy than the previous versions.

The liner consisted of three oilcloth pads connected with a cotton drawstring for size adjustment. The chinstrap is cloth and connected to d-rings on each side of the shell by tabs. The chinstrap ends were connected with a slip buckle, and a semi-circular metal piece was clamped to the end of the long chinstrap. Unlike the SSh-36 and SSh-39, the SSh-40 was only manufactured in three sizes, 1–3. 

This is a very good example complete with liner and chinstrap and original stamps. The front of the helmet bears a Soviet Red Star. Genuine examples of this model helmet are exceptionally difficult to find.

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