More than simply men kissing men...
Just when you thought it was safe to mothball your nukes...
Like a villain in the Batman series, the Russians have finally come out of their dormant state and are back to their old shenanigans, just like the old days. How nice it must be for China to be out of the oppression spotlight for awhile.
The suspense was killing me, I knew it was only a matter of time until the Soviets who run that morally-decayed cuspidor of a country reasserted their brand of barbarism.
In celebration of the return of an old enemy (the Harvey Dent of geopolitics) here’s the first installment of what will be three posts on the Sovietski lids in my collection. My hope is to have all of them profiled before nuclear war is declared over the Red invasion of Georgia (why couldn't it have been Arkansas?). I begin with the classic Ssh36.
Behold that marvel of aesthetics The M36 helmet of the USSR, this is one of the finest examples of design to come out of the Soviet Union since this thing:
This side view demonstrates the classic lines; deep skull, flared skirt, crest, and broad visor.
Head-on, this beauty hints at some influence from the French Adrian.
Although the steel is surprisingly light (ballisticly) the depth of the skull provides superior protection from falling debris and low-velocity shrapnel.
The short ventilator-concealing crest is strangely, and fashionably, Adrian-like for the product of such a classless, charmless, and godless society.
From the rear, note the slight asymmetry of this helmet, an indicator of the third-world industrial base Russia has always excelled at.
Liners in specimens of the Ssh36 are often missing. Research indicates that the liners were often removed by the soldiers to provide space to accommodate their winter caps beneath the helmets. This particular helmet has an unmarked liner, though a liner unlike any I've ever seen for a Soviet helmet. I'm assuming its a replacement. Made of what appears to be pigskin it has five fingers and is sewn to an olive drab wool band.
And like the Adrian, this corrugated metal band provides both airflow as well as a buffer between the inner surface of the helmet and the head of the wearer.
This close-up of the welded crest shows the openings that allow for passage of air...
through the hole in the top of the skull:
Unlike the Chinese helmet I profiled earlier, the rivets are machined by slave-laborers rather than peened by slave-laborers
Aside from a few scratches the green paint on this lid is in remarkably good condition.
Stalin says: "Yummy, SUPPER!"
accession number: MOA hmar233.62.2
Ssh36 Soviet Steel Helmet
Acquired 1983, Lansing Michigan.
Purchase price :$20.00
Condition: excellent (though liner may not be original to the helmet)