Finnish M40-55 Helmet Photos in Service
Does anyone know of a good source for photos showing Cold War era Finnish Army soldiers wearing the M40-55 helmets? Was there a camouflage helmet cover for the M55s?
Not that I'm aware of. After the war many of the helmets (about 270,000 were bought from France (war booty), Germany and Hungary between 1919-1945) were recycled due to the shortage of steel. But the around 70,000 were kept in stock for the reserves and fased out as late as 2006. The ones kept were painted in the finnish army universal bronze green (Kimmo kenttävihreä), one of the worst camo-paints ever (due to fast faiding). Here's one of them:
In 1962 Kone developed a new steel helmet for the army (M62), derived from the swedish M/37, that was used until the 90's when a composite helmet was introduced. The M62, like the similar M62 field uniform, had a reversable helmet cover with a camo and a white side (for winter use).
Some pictures i took from a book called "Finnish Defence Forces" published in 1975.
I dont have access to scanner so the quality is not great.
Last edited by hopeinen; 09-21-2012 at 08:37 AM.
Hopeinen, do you have the title of the book in Finnish and the author? I would like to try to find a copy. Thanks.
That would be "Suomen puolustusvoimat". Many of those books around. Found several in our version of eBay, with prices from 5 euros up. http://www.huuto.net/kohteet/suomen-puolustusvoimat/236898173
Originally Posted by JimHPTN
Authors: Tervasmäki V., Juutilainen A., Kilkki Pertti, Ahto Sampo
Last edited by Piirka; 09-22-2012 at 01:29 PM.
Originally Posted by hopeinen
Nice pictures thanks! I love the M62 camo colors and pattern.
Thanks Piirka and Homeinen! It's really cool seeing somewhat modern camo in the same photo with WW1 helmets and WW1/2 rifles (1st photo M39 Mosin rebuilt from M91 Mosin). They built items to last back then.
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