Tank helmet with the number 425 from the Soviet Union, with a Kevlar lining.
This is a standard, classic black tank helmet used by the Russian army. It has been tested for decades through aggressions first in the Soviet Union and later in the Russian Federation on the territories of independent states. This helmet was developed as early as 1934 and has hardly changed in more than 80 years. It reliably protects tank crew members’ heads from hitting the inside of the tank and other armored vehicles. However, it is not capable of protecting against other types of impact.
In 2012, the Russians developed a Kevlar lining for this helmet and named it the “Cowboy” armored helmet, which has no analogues in the world. We were not surprised, as no other army in the world has combined World War II technology with Kevlar.
Whether our tank crew member was a cowboy or not, we do not know, but he left behind an item that has become part of our collection and history.
For more information about this helmet, you can read here:
You can also see the Russian tank crew uniform here: