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Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Komrade » Mon May 30, 2011 4:14 pm

Did the RKKA ever paint little designs on their helmets? Obivously for the Germans there would occasionly be a swastika, and maybe unit insignia for the US, but would the glorious motherland allow its soldiers to? I'm just wondering because i'm looking at possibly getting myself one of those cheap £9 'almost' russian Hungarian ww2 helmets, and was wondering if I could make mine a bit more unique!
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby oddball » Mon May 30, 2011 6:11 pm

No answer for you just wondered where you are?
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Joseph Porta » Mon May 30, 2011 8:24 pm

some had a small red star on the front, but mostley just green
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Komrade » Mon May 30, 2011 9:07 pm

@oddball Down in Wiltshire mate :D

@Porta I thought that might be the case :good:
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Sasha » Tue May 31, 2011 7:14 am

The star on the front is, generally speaking, an early war thing. For reasons that should be fairly obvious. And, to judge from pictures/surviving examples more likely to be in outline rather than solid. Though both existed.

You do hear of some painting slogans on their helmets but one veteran we spoke to told us of a comrade of his who had done just that only to be told to remove it by the platoon commander because
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Camouflaging your helmet tended to be just coating it with mud in spring/summer/autumn to dull it down (it's a good effect when it dries) and in winter you grind up chalk and mix it with water to paint on the lid.

Pre-war and early war you sometimes see helmet nets. Usually made from local materials - there's a cracking picture from Khalkin Gol where they've made them by tying blades of grass together.

And, finally, there is the helmet cover made from 'amoeba' material though this, curiously, tended to find its way to units who were in one place for extended periods and, therefore, more stable from a logistics point of view.
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Komrade » Tue May 31, 2011 9:24 am

Ta very much :good:
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby oddball » Tue May 31, 2011 9:41 am

Komrade wrote:@oddball Down in Wiltshire mate :D

@Porta I thought that might be the case :good:


Ok I was wondering if you were coming to Anarchy and wanted me to get you one or if you lived near me.
I presume you can get these in your area for the same price or get it by post.
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Komrade » Tue May 31, 2011 10:18 am

:( no I won't be there at Anarchy as I'm on holiday.
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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby MartinR » Tue May 31, 2011 1:15 pm

In 'Stalins War' there is a photo of one soldier with what appears to be a painted camouflage scheme on his helmet. May just be mud of course :)

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Re: Soviet painted helmets?

Postby Special Department. » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:20 am

Comrades,
As we know the Ssch1940 Helmet is Plain Olive Drab or otherwise known as that Russia Green we all know and love, you can smear Mud on it, which is the best method as noted.

Or there was "some" use of nets
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Here's my Helmet with a" Net "... made of string, home made...

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...for local camouflage materials, but I would stick to Mud as the best method to improve your personal camouflage..

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