4 Shell container for 5cm KwK38 L/42 short barrel shells fired by German Panzer 3 Tank AUSF F-J these boxes are very rare to find not issued in very large numbers.This one is in relic but solid condition does have some paintwork left but not much it is rusty and does have some rust holes in the lid but still can carry shells if you wanted to.The box has both its handles and the lock works perfectly the worse bit of the box is the inside ware it has no racking and has been used to store oil at some point maybe post war but because the box is so rare still a very nice addition to any collection and perfect to display.This box 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.
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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