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Leningrad Type CH-38 Body Armour

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    I recently purchased this body armor which according to a site, "ostfront" is a Leningrad pattern WW2 assault body armor. Allegedly this item came out of a small museum outside of Petersburg after the fall of communism. They sold the body armor to raise funds for the rest of the museum; it was purchased for $10 USD.

    Can anyone comment on this armor; are there fakes out there; any history?

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    Default Re: Leningrad Type CH-38 Body Armor

    Hi, i cannot comment on the originality of your example.
    But i always wondered what was the protection these offered.
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Original. I have two complete sets of these.

    Search the forum for more info.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    It looks the same as this one!....RUSSIAN BODY ARMOUR M-38 "LENINGRAD" 1944, FILMHAUER
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    It is much lighter than the German armor and it is articulated in the chest;other than protection from shrapnel or a bayonet thrust,I would guess that the main purpose was psychological.The guy who designed it, probably never had to wear it.
    Regards,
    Dave

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    My original Soviet body armour, SN38 and SN42.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Are they common? Do you think I should try to restore this set or leave it as is ?
    Regards,
    Dave

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    Hi Dave, not common by any means. I would cetainly strip off that horrid white paint and leave it at that.

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    ade,could the white paint be winter camo.?

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