BACKGROUND: The French were the first to have a general issue, "modern ", steel helmet in WWI and developed the classic "Adrian" style helmet in early 1915 followed by the British army later that year and by the Germanís in 1916. The Russians were given two million "Adrian" helmets by the French as a temporary solution till Russia could begin production of their own helmet. In 1916 the Russian also produced their own pattern helmet. In 1936, the M36 pattern went into production until the SSh-39, whose shell design was used until 1968. The SSh-39 was replaced by the SSh 40, which, although outwardly identical, had a different liner arrangement, and a correspondingly different rivet pattern.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The steel alloy helmet, whose exterior is painted olive green, has a shallow visor to its front and is otherwise flared along its edges, which sweep down over each ear and rise slightly in the back. Ventilation hole with dome to the top. Most of the olive green paint remains. Original Red Army insignia can still be seen to the front. Nice complete original liner. No chinstrap. The rear liner band rivet is missing, but otherwise fine. Nice helmet.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $995.00 (Or Best Offer)

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