In an uncharacteristic demonstration of restraint the Russians chose not to rape three quarters of the population.
"How nice, for a change" remarked an elderly Austrian woman who remembered the Russki victory romp of 1945.
Here then, is that marvel of fabric and horsehair; the summer tankman's helmet of the 1970s.
The classic profile, with neck flap up.
Here the neck flap is in the down position. The purpose of this flap is not known to me. Perhaps it prevents dust and grime from getting down the back of the tankers neck.
This adjustable strap across the dome allows the wearer the ability to customize the fit of the helmet.
These markings provide this non-Russian speaker with minimal information, however they do nicely nail down the date of manufacture - 1974, height of the Cold War, back when I was doing my bit to thwart the evil designs of the Red Menace.
Our brave young tanker contemplates past Red Army victories against the fascists and dreams of future successes against...the Afgans?
до свидания и удача мои друзья
accession number: MOA hmar.v126.96.36.199
Helmet - Tank Crewman's Helmet, Soviet Union
Acquired 2005, ebay purchase
Purchase price :$4.50