My own brother literally bought this at an outdoor Berlin flea-market just a few months ago and mailed it to me. He's a DJ in and lives in Wedding just west of Berlin for the past 15 years or so. I've been there twice now and there is literally tons of German vet items being sold off at markets on a weekly basis but always hiding the swastika with tape or turned upside down but still legally allowed to be sold. You just can't reproduce or display that symbol but you are free to sell items containing it. Most of it unfortunately is paper documents. As German vets die off and more and more of their immediate family inherit this unwanted "nazi stuff" more and more of it ends up at these outdoor markets according to my brother. Let's not forget that Germans are on average a very conservative people and generally do not like to throw things away.
I thought this was a really neat of piece of WW2 history when Germans were repurposing almost everything including this captured SSH-39 Russian helmet. Most of these we see are repainted dark blue gray and used as Luftschutz (civilian air raid) helmets but not this one. Despite what a lot of collectors believe I for one am convinced based on numerous in hand examples of German helmets that they did indeed actually paint some of their own helmets black when fighting in stationary flak or anti-aircraft teams (gruppen). In this case this SSH-39 Russian helmet which is a size 2 (they had 4 sizes 1-4) would be equivalent to a medium size 64 head of the era and could have possibly even been worn by a German teenager. We know this is an SSH-39 because of the canvass bowl type liner system which apparently was only used from 1939-40 then replaced by the 3-tongue leather liner we see with SSH-40 and all Russian helmets after that year.
The hand painted drawings suggest a younger soldaten in my view and a newer solder still full of visions of glory and of German victory. I believe the aircraft to possibly be an American P-38 Lockheed bomber but that is only speculation on my part.
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GERMAN HELMET FACTORY PRODUCTION CODES
(Every original German helmet produced from 1935 to 45 had two factory stampings punched into the side and rear or both in the rear. The alpha numeric number refers to the factory location and the inside metric circumference in centimeters. The rear lot number refers to the production run and was used as a quality control measure. The font styles used at each factory were slightly different but highly consistent throughout the war and so fakes or reproductions will either not have these numbers at all or they will use the wrong font style or letter spacing and so are easily identified as post war made.)
(FS or EF)-Emaillierwerke AG, Fulda, Germany
(ET or ckl)-Eisenhuttenwerke, Thale, Germany
(Q)-Quist, Esslingen, Germany
(NS)-Vereinigte Deutsche Nikelwerke, Schwerte, Germany
(SE or hkp)-Sachsische Emaillier u. Stanzwerke, Lauter, Germany