CZECHOSLOVAKIA

 

 

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M32-34 front

- or back, really, this is an almost totally symmetrical helmet, but wearing it with the end with the single central rivet to the front feels more right.

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M32-34 side

Originally introduced in the 1930s,these helmets were widely used by Germany and other nations after the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and after WW2 were often refurbished for civil defence duties, especially within Czechoslovakia.
This example is one of those.

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M32-34 liner

The liner is the same design as the original pre-WW2 model, but is here made from some sort on plastic.

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M32-34 liner detail

 

 

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M32-34 strap detail

The chinstrap is clearly a replacement, being quite different to the original with its split chin-cup.

 

 

 

 

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M53

A post-WW2 helmet derived from the Russian Ssh39. The shell is identical to the Russian helmet as far as I can tell. Used by the Czech armed forces - and many others as an export item - from the early 1950s onwards.

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA M53 liner

The rather odd round (as opposed to the more usual human-head shaped oval) liner is clear. Robert Clawson (in the excellent book RUSSIAN HELMETS) asserts that this liner is almost identical to that used on early Russian Ssh39s, but I have not seen one.
(Odysseios has sent me a photo of a Ssh39 with a multilobed oilcloth liner similar to that used on this Czech clone, and Jukka Juutilainen has photos of Ssh39s on his website, all with 'Italian'-type multilobe leather liners. But they're all oval rather than round!)