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As noted, the Russian M40 helmet was the standard-issue service helmet for the Soviet Union's Red Army, meaning it saw extended service throughout the Great Patriotic War and the European Theatre of World War II. The Red Army dates back to January 1918, when it originated as a revolutionary communist militia during the Russian Civil War. Eventually, the Red Army, named due to the traditional color of the workers' movement, became the national army of the Soviet Union. The Red Army played a pivotal role in the Great Patriotic War and WWII as a whole. In 1946, when Soviet nationalism gained prominence over revolutionary symbolism, the Red Army was renamed the Soviet army.
The Russian M40 helmets being offered by Keepshooting.com are original Russian military surplus items. Though they appear to be unissued, we cannot guarantee that fact. Nevertheless, each helmet appears unused and is in excellent cosmetic and working condition. No matter what you plan on doing with your helmet, the M40 is sure to be a great addition to your collection.
Each Russian M40 helmet features a solid-steel construction and a coat of green paint that has survived beautifully throughout the years. The original leather liner remains intact and is adjustable for to fit most. Understand that this helmet, originally manufactured in the 1940s, does not feature modern materials or technology. As such, the leather liner is crudely adjusted by way of a cotton drawstring. It may not be pretty, but it gets the job done. Similarly, the leather chinstrap remains intact and is also fully adjustable for a number of different configurations. The Soviet factory stamps should please as well as ensure their authenticity.