Steve, I had a question similar to yours in dating my WWII period helmet. A member of this forum noted that chin straps were sewn to the bales until 1958 when metal fasteners came in. If this is correct, yours would be either post war or an earlier specimen refurbished at a later date. Sundowner
I got 2 soviet helmets, whitch have no visible marking, both are 194?. Are these wartime or postwar production?
For easier orientacion I put the numbers on the photos.
Number 1 has missing chinstrap and part of liner.
Nuber 2 is complite and number 3 is typical postwar production dated 1951 for comparison of colours.
Thanks for help.
Helmet #2 is a wartime Ssh-40, the white chinstrap is a typical feature. It was probably dated 44 or 45. Helmet #1 seems to be wartime as well based on the interior materials. The star is postwar, but the star colors and style are unique. Where was this helmet found??
Both helmets - Lysva wartime production . But a Red Star is homemade .
Thank you for your answers, helmet no.2 was bought in Austria on the local market. I don't know where it was found.