WW2 Russian Battlefield Recovered SSh-39 Helmet from Stalingrad
Here at Vigo Militaria and Collectables we have acquired a number of battlefield recovered Russian helmets from the battle of Stalingrad.
This example is an SSh-39 helmet that shows lots of battlefield damage, it appears to have taken a hit from an airburst shrapnel shell.
It is a great piece of WW2 history from the iconic Stalingrad battleground and would add value to any WW2 collection.
The SSh (stalnoy shlem, or steel helmet) 39 was of simple, more modern design, and was much easier to manufacture than the M36. The SSh-39 would be the standard design for Soviet helmets for the next 29 years, with only minor changes occurring during that time. It is also the design for the helmet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. The helmet was produced primarily in three factories, the Stalingrad Tractor Factory (designated CT in the ink stamp), the Red October Factory (3K0) also in Stalingrad, and the Lysva Metallurgical Factory (LMZ).
The Battle of Stalingrad was a brutal military campaign between Russian forces and those of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers during World War II. The battle is infamous as one of the largest, longest and bloodiest engagements in modern warfare: From August 1942 through February 1943, more than two million troops fought in close quarters – and nearly two million people were killed or injured in the fighting, including tens of thousands of Russian civilians. But the Battle of Stalingrad (one of Russia’s important industrial cities) ultimately turned the tide of World War II in favour of the Allied forces.