In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, the LMZ factory converted a number of left-over Ssh-39 shells to accept the 3-pad liner system of the Ssh-40. These helmets retain the 3 rivet external look of the Ssh-39, but have the 3-pad liner system on the interior fitted by means of a long, T- shaped hanger bracket to mount the front two pads. The design located these two pads further back in the shell than a proper Ssh-40 and the result was a helmet that was not stable on the head. As such, most of these helmets are stamped on the interior for “Training”
This example has quite a bit of exterior wear and shows evidence of a repaint at some point. There is much chipping to the repaint layer which exposes a well worn factory paint layer The interior has an intact 3-pad liner system and the original drawstring. It is stamped with the postwar, stylized, LMZ “Spider” stamp, size 3 and dated 1950.
This helmet has the wider, metal terminated chinstrap found on most all postwar LMZ made helmets.