Russian Helmets

Ssh36 #1
Ssh36 #1 - The shell is an original pre-WW2, Russian Ssh36 (model 1936). When purchased the helmet had already been cleaned up and painted olive-drab. I have retained the helmet in the condition I received it. Inside the centre rear are some factory stamps which read SL 052. I am imagining that I see the S but the L 052 is clear enough. The shell has three liner mounting brackets, each in a U shape and attached to the shell via a rivet. These brackets are used to mount the liner. Below is a little information I have obtained about the Ssh36: The M (modyel, or model) 36 was designed by Aleksandr A. Shvartz, and began production in 1936. Its large front rim and wide flares over the ears provided good protection for the wearer. The German M35, introduced a year before the Russian M-36, served as a model for the development of the M-36. The M-36 was also fitted with a comb on top, which allowed for ventilation. Early M-36s were made with fragile leather linings, later variations were introduced with cloth linings; same with chinstraps. Throughout their production four sizes were produced: small, medium, large, and extra large. The M-36 was worn by Soviet soldiers in several campaigns of the late 1930s and 1940s, including the Khalkin Gol campaign against the Japanese in 1938 (giving it the nickname "Khalkingolka"), the Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940, the 1939 invasion of Poland, the 1940 invasions of the Baltic states and Bessarabia, and in World War II, or as it is known in Russia, the Great Patriotic War. It was also distributed to the Republican soldiers of the Spanish Civil War in conjunction with Soviet support of the Spanish government. During the Finnish Winter War, the cold temperatures forced many soldiers to tear out the helmet's liner so the ushanka, or fur hat, would fit under the metal shell. Production of the M-36 ended in 1941. In searching for Ssh36s, I have rapidly learnt that they are not cheap to come by and many are in poor condition. The helmet liner is an exact replica of an original, hand-made in the Ukraine. It has a “corrugated” metal outer-band, a leather/cotton cloth head basket and a jute string drawstring. The helmet has been fitted with a cloth chinstrap; also made in the Ukraine with the liner. A red soviet star, hammer and sickle, with a yellow/tan outline, has been painted on the front of the helmet. $450 AUD
Ssh36 #3
Ssh36 #3 - The shell is an original pre-WW2, Russian Ssh36 (model 1936). When purchased the helmet was in a rusted condition with heavy pitting to much of the outer and inner surfaces. There was no evidence of original paint. The are no factory stamps to be seen. The liner mounting brackets were not present, only the rivets existed. The shell dimensions are C 69.0cm L 29.8cm W 25.8cm. Below is a little information I have obtained about the Ssh36: The M (modyel, or model) 36 was designed by Aleksandr A. Shvartz, and began production in 1936. Its large front rim and wide flares over the ears provided good protection for the wearer. The German M35, introduced a year before the Russian M-36, served as a model for the development of the M-36. The M-36 was also fitted with a comb on top, which allowed for ventilation. In searching for Ssh36s, I have rapidly learnt that they are not cheap to come by and many are in poor condition. This shell was stripped to bare metal, repaired, primed then painted in a dark olive-drab. The helmet liner is an exact replica of an original, hand-made in the Ukraine. It has a “corrugated” metal outer-band, a leather/cotton cloth head basket and a jute string drawstring. The helmet has been fitted with a cloth chinstrap; also made in the Ukraine along with the liner. A red soviet star has been painted on the front of the helmet. $450 AUD
Ssh36 #5
Ssh36 #5 - The shell is an original pre-WW2, Russian Ssh36 (model 1936). When purchased the helmet was in near perfect condition with only a minimum of surface rust; there was evidence of dark green paint inside and out. The surface was heavily soiled and marked. The shell is factory stamped inside the centre rear as 31 7 43. This shell was cleaned back to bare metal, primed then painted in dark olive-drab. The helmet has been fitted with a salvaged leather liner. It may be of Czech origin. It is based on an original German helmet outer band with a brown leather cradle of four double-tongued pieces. The liner was already fitted with the brown leather, adjustable chinstrap with chin piece and quick release hook. A red soviet star stenciled outline has been painted on the front of the helmet. $450 AUD