This is a Russian soldiers SSH39 pattern steel helmet this is a rare pattern to find as they were not issued in large numbers as replaced by the SSh40 quickly. The helmet has major blast damage from an explosion it has bent in on both sides but it does still have some green paintwork remains it is in relic but very solid and clean condition its missing parts of the top section with blast and rust holes but overall a cracking relic from the battlefield. It was recovered from Seelow Heights battlefield in Germany which was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation 16 April-2 May 1945. A very nice relic from this most famous off battles on the Eastern Front.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the
Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle,
it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive
positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days,
from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st
Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army),
commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the
"Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of
the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part
of the Army Group Vistula. This battle is often incorporated into
the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of
the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one
of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers
where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the
opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
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