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Soviet M26?

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    oh yes i see it now bruce and thanks ,thought i was going crazy for a minute

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    Hi Guys,

    Forgive me for the moments of confusion. I was splitting the M15 thread into two different ones as it was moving off topic. I had posts moving to and fro for a bit.

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    The Smolensk found helmet, may be a Polish m 26.

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    This is the only reasonable explanation, I think.

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    Smolensk has some history with Polish POWs.
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    Approx 350 km only to the old Polish boarder to the Smolenskaya oblas't

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    Place of discovery was over Smolensk towards Vyazma in Kardymsk district. About 400 km.

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    great bit of info guys ,so a polish relic ,it makes sense

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    Veeeeery few soviet accoutrements / equipments were sent to Spain during the war. Tanks, planes, guns were sold to the government, but that is all.

    The Soviet Union was very concerned about stirring the European powers with foreign interventions. As s such, no uniforms etc. were shipped on either way. Most advisors sown in pictures are wearing Spanish (or surplus French) uniforms.

    Only 1936 SSh and leather tank helmets were supplied in any quantities. I have never came accross any red army boots or gas masks or uniforms (although Czech examples were much imported by both sides). Caveat: Specially near the end of the war Soviet type items after the 1935 regulations such as Gymnasterkas and pilotkas were locally produced for the Republican army. They have only a loose resemblance with their Soviet counterparts and are very much prized as they are scarce and never were general issue. I can post some pilotkas as example if someone in the forum is interested.

    In Russia you can find sometimes some souvenirs from veterans such as tasselled forage caps or leather jackets, but sure no helmets (I assume that surviving 1926 tunics were converted to <<french>> type uniforms, as they were similar in cut and color, and same with the Sam Browne belts).

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    It's simple: in 1928, during the Great Bobruisk maneuvers, the Red Army conducted comparative tests of steel helmets of various countries. Namely - Germany, England and France (!!!). For this purpose, party of helmets (several thousands) were either purchased abroad or transferred to the troops from storage (trophies from the Civil War 1918-20).

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