Soviet helmet for reenactment of World War II. The original from the military depots, model 1940, produced in the 1950s. Canvas strap 18 mm wide and the corresponding "fat" buckle to it. The ends of the strap are fixed with metal clasps to the ears of the helmet. Straps of this width and this type of fastening were placed on the helmets of the beginning of World War II. So this helmet is suitable for use in reenactment and for the manufacture of high-quality refurbished helmets for the WW2 period. Later models SSh-40 (manufactured in the 1960s and later) had a 20 mm wide strap already, it was sewn with machine stitching. Moreover, the 18 mm braid was no longer produced in the USSR since then, and now the standard for tarpaulin slings is 20 mm (that is, it is very difficult to copy an 18 mm strap).
3 comforter pads are made of dermatin (usually black, but brown is also found). Helmets were stored in poor conditions, there may be rust spots inside (including tinted with green paint). The condition of the dermatin can be bad (it can be stiff, hard from time). One or another color of the dermatin, its condition, as well as an additional layer of green paint on the helmet, the presence of rust (not more than 20% of the surface) or scratches from the outside or from the inside, we do not recognize as a product defect. Helmets are old, rare, and their condition is good, not mint. To get the helmet in perfect condition, you should make some restoring work (washing off old paint, cleaning rust, possibly painting). We can take a photo of exactly your helmet before sending and we can choose one of several for you (according to your desire). Feel free to write your wishes in the comments on the order.
On helmets are the "early" stamps of the manufacturer (small print with serifs), there may be ink (mastic) stamps.
If you just need a helmet for a military-historical event, then we offer other similar helmets with 20 mm straps of later issue and in a condition suitable for immediate use. See Featured Products at the bottom of the page.
How to choose the size?
There were only 3 helmet sizes named "rost" (literally: height). The 1st was the smallest. How to determine your size if you're not an ortodox-reenactor and didn't browse the Red Army archives? If you have long and meager face and your head is under 22 inches (57 cm) in girth, then you should take size 1. If you're a big man with a large round face and your head in bigger than 23 inches (60 cm), then you should take size 3. If you are an average man with a head of 58-60 cm — take growth 2 (average).
A person with any head can wear any size of helmet SSh-40. These do not have a rigid size, the sphere itself is still very large. The head is guaranteed to fit, will not reap, it will be convenient. The only question is how correctly the size of the helmet will look with the width of the face (the size of the head).
Each military box contains 30 helmets:
Size 1 — 15 pieces;
Size 2 — 14 pieces;
Size 3 — 1 piece only.
Sizes 1 and 2 are visually different in depth and diameter of the shell (the shell size 1 is narrower and deeper), size 3 is like 2 in diameter, but has different geometry of the occipital part. You don't feel the difference when it's on your head if you adjust the cord of the liner to your size.
We do not have size 3. And it will not.
How to care for the product?
The helmet can be cleaned with water and a detergent or alcohol (and other light solvent). Please don’t bathe a helmet in water (don't immerse it), because comforter pads (or pillows) are filled with organic material (hair, tow, hay), which can begin to rot from getting wet. Also, the material of the pads (dermatin) is not always of high quality, when completely wet, it can begin to give paint to the inside packing, which will ruin their appearance.
The liner is easy to disassemble: the pillows can be removed simply by bending the legs of the brackets that hold them. After removal, you can pillows can refurbish pillows, replace packing and even dermatin. A helmet (without pillows) can be treated with a harsh detergent.
To hide the scratches, a clean helmet is covered with a layer of any oil, and then wipe off the excess. The color becomes more even, the surface is dull and beautifully shiny, whitish scratches are hidden.
Model SSh-40 (СШ-40, literraly: steel helmet 40) appeared as the follower of the SSh-39 and was the same dome (experts say that the shape of the dome became more round, but it is more likely because of the production technology than because of engineering solutions). New liner in the SSh-40 was composed of three leatherette (how it's common to say today "eco-leather") pads filled with a sort of hair. These sit on the metal brackets attached to the helmet by six rivets. So the helmet called "six-riveted" (shesti-kljopka) unlike its predecessor, the model 1939 "three-riveted" (trjokh-kljopka). The innovation of the developers was that the liner pads could be removed (or at least the tie cord) and wear a helmet over the winter cap. Despite this advantage, the liner is considered uncomfortable: the helmet was not fixed on the head, and constantly had to be adjusted by hand when moving.
In 1968 a new model appeared. It had prolate dome (as an egg). Due to the fact that the helmet had the same color and almost the same form, some "patriots" often roaming in it at historical events... These same SSH-40 is already in short supply, the boom of liberation from their domestic warehouses is on the market more and more of SSH-68. And SSH-40 military production and is a collector's item and are valued more.