Liner to Soviet helmet SSh-39

59.00 €
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How to choose the size?

The size of the head is its girth around above the ears, measured in centimeters. We have an article on how to do this. In the Red Army it was the same, in centimeters, but the dimensions were combined in height for ease of accounting and handling. We offer two original sizes (height): 

  • 2nd "rost" or size — the circumference of the steel hoop is about 61.5 cm, the head size is officially 58 (59 cm tight), and by bending felt strips (see historical reference below), you can get sizes 57 and 56.
  • 3rd "rost" or size — the circumference of the steel hoop is about 63.5 cm, the head size is officially 60 (61 cm tight), and by bending felt strips (see historical reference below), you can get size 59 and 58.

Yes, the system is not easy at first glance, so before buying, measure your head with a flexible meter horizontally around above the ears and find out the size of the head. Determine the height of the helmet and select it next to the "Add to cart" button. If the right size is not there, then it is now (already) out of stock.


A copy of the liner (amortisation part) for the SSh-39 helmet. The liner kit consists of several parts as below:

  • steel hoop with stands (paws) for mounting into the helmet (rivets are also included);
  • soft part of the liner: dermatin (artificial leather) crown detail with a vault made of cotton fabric (as used for Soviet uniforms) and felt padding + a set of steel clamps (metal brackets) for fixing on a steel hoop;
  • a set of accessories for the chin strap (rivets-clasps for attaching to the helmet without steel buckle, it goes with the chin strap as another product).

The chin strap can be taken from the SSh-40 helmet of later releases or made from a khaki sling. The strap buckle has a clearance of 20,5 mm (suitable for slings up to 19-20 mm wide).

The metal frame is riveted to the body with three racks so that there is a free space of about 15 mm between it and the body for ventilation and ensuring proper cushioning of the liner. The cotton vault (soft part) in the upper part is adjusted (tightened) by a lace for a proper fit on the head (so that the helmet worn on the head does not cover the eye line and so that the top of the head does not touch the helmet from the inside).

All of these components are sold as a set. You can see all of them in the photo. Price for 1 set.

Historical reference.

SSh-39 (steel helmet model 1939) came to replace the SSh-36, as a more convenient, reliable and thoughtful model. Then this helmet was upgraded to the SSh-40 model. The SSh-39 helmets were still produced in 1940 and 1941, in parallel with the SSh-40.

The SSh-39 has a liner attached to the helmet on 3 rivets, and the SSh-40 has a different system (without a hoop), and 6 rivets are visible on the outside of the helmet. The geometric shapes of the SSh-39 and SSh-40 are almost identical, although they are easily distinguishable from the experienced collector's eye: the SH-39 has a more elongated egg-shaped look than the SH-40, which is less elegant and closer to the ball in shape. For simplicity, collectors call the SSh-39 a "three-rivet" or "trjokh-kljopka", and the SH-40, respectively, a "six-rivet".

The SSh-39 consisted of a helmet body, a podtulein device and a chin strap. The main external difference between the SSh-40 and the SSh-39 is the balaclava and the way it is attached. If the SH-39 in winter could only be worn on a balaclava (woolen soft headdress-warmer), then the SSh-40 could be worn on a winter earflaps hat, and this was an advantage.

Design drawing of SSH-39.

Instructions for adjusting the size and wearing SSH-39.

The picture with instructions above says that the SSH-39 helmet is made in two sizes: 2 and 3. The liner (podtuleyny device) is made in four sizes. A liner (podtuleyny device) with a total circumference of 56 or 58 cm is inserted into helmet size 2. A liner (podtuleyny device) with a total circumference of 60 or 62 cm is inserted into body 3. If the  liner is required in sizes of 54, 55, 57, 59 and 61 cm, then it is obtained by bending down (towards the steel circle) the inner three narrow felt strips sewn through the protective fabric to the main felt lining. Thus, from growth 56, growth 55 and 54 are obtained, from growth 58, growth 57 and 56, etc.

Sources: forum.ww2.ruvoenhronika.livejournal.comrostfilarm.rupublications in the VK community «ВЕСТНИК РЕКОНСТРУКТОРОВ XX ВЕК» (BULLETIN OF RECONSTRUCTORS XX CENTURY).