This is a Russian soldiers SSH36 pattern helmet which are very rare to find recovered from the battlefield. The helmet is a near complete but has been repaired with weld down the middle to keep the helmet as one peace not 2 half's the shell does have some small rust holes but still retains that famous shape it is missing its leather liner and chin strap. The helmet is in relic but solid condition with no paintwork still to see but has been very well cleaned a smooth finish and is perfect for display or any collection it is a very rare to find Russian helmet recovered so complete as they ware not that great made so normally just rusted away to nothing but this pattern even rarer. The helmet was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield. e Eastern Front.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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