This is a British Army 25 pounder artillery gun 4 shell carry box which is in nice condition semi relic still with a lot of its original green paintwork and some of yellow stamped maker markings most are still there and most still readable some better then others on the inside there is no racking but has remains of a paper label on the inside of the lid.The box does have surface rust in places but rust holes or damage it is dated 1938 on the lid and on the front in yellow markings the lid which still opens and closes but does not lock because one is missing and has both its metal carry handles and the cloth covers as well very rare to get a box from the battlefield in such good condition that has cleaned up so well.The box was found on a Farm in the area of the town of Cassel part of the Dunkirk perimeter of May 27th until 30th 1940 and was held by the British 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire and the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry supported by British 25 pounder artillery guns trying to hold back the German advance towards Dunkirk.A very nice rare relic from the famous Dunkirk pocket battle of 1940 the box comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with picture.
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In May 1940 during the battle of France the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire and the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry held Cassel for three days as part of the defensive screen around Dunkirk during the Battle of Dunkirk and evacuation from the 27 May 1940 to the 30 May 1940. The British forces had prepared a defence on the hilltop, emplacing anti-tank guns and barricading the narrow streets of the town. After scoring initial successes against the tanks of Panzer Regiment 11, which had made the mistake of advancing without infantry support, the British garrison was heavily attacked from the ground and the air by German forces. Much of the town was reduced to ruins by bombing. Most of the garrison's members were killed or captured by the Germans during the fighting or the subsequent attempted breakout towards Dunkirk, but the defence they had put up played an important role in holding up the Germans while the Dunkirk evacuation was taking place.