Russian Soldiers SSH40 pattern helmet fantastic condition relic.The helmet still has most of its original green paintwork very clear to see inside and outside of the helmet with no holes or real damage it is rusty in places with a light surface rust but solid and still smooth to the touch.It has the remains of the liner ring and chin strap holders it has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and very rare to get from the battlefield in this good condition.This helmet was recovered from the battlefield around the siege of Danzig fought in March 1945 in what was Germany then during in the last days of the Reich.
The City of Danzig now modern day Gdansk. The Russian East Pomeranian Offensive started in February 1945 eventually Russian General Rokossovsky opened his final offensive on 15 March 1945; the main thrust, toward the coast at Zoppot between Gdingen and Danzig, being undertaken by the 70th and 49th Army advancing in parallel. The fighting was savage, but by 19 March 1945 the Soviet spearheads had reached the heights over Zoppot, while the 4th Panzer Division had been pushed back to the outskirts of Danzig itself. By 22 March 1945, the 70th Army reached the sea.Danzig finally fell on 30 March 1945, after which the remnants of the 2nd Army withdrew to the Vistula delta southeast of the city. According to Soviet claims, in the Battle of Danzig the Germans lost 39,000 soldiers dead and 10,000 captured.
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