This is a rare find being cardboard made it is a German cardboard tube which carried extra charge for longer range firing of a shell from the 10cm Kanone 18 artillery gun.The tube is missing its top and its bottom but still has its cloth carry handle the cardboard still some of its original colour and black stamped markings clear to see it is a bit damage from wear and tear but has no holes in and is still very solid not braking up or falling apart it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The tube was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of Tank history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.This item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photo and diagram.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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