This is a German soldiers army issue waterbottle complete with its drinking cup which is squashed it is dated 1936 and maker marked the waterbottle has some damage but the very rare bit is it has some remains of its army issue cloth cover which has mostly rotted away from being buried .The bottle has a few small holes but nothing to bad and has its top rusted in place it has clear maker marking and is dated 1935. The bottle is in very solid and nice condition and with the cloth cover remains which you can still see some of the brown colour and it is solid not braking up and is a rare find from the battlefield in this condition, the bottle and cup with a lot of there original colours and are a cracking find for a bottle and cup which has been lost in the heat of battle they have been well cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection. The water bottle and cup were was recovered from a pit of buried German equipment in the area of the village of Marinovka which was defended by the 297th Infantry Division also in the pit was RAD [Reich Labour Service] items as well all used during the battle of 1942-1943 at Stalingrad in Russia. The waterbottle comes with a laminated A5 information card with picture.
On June 10, 1942, the 297th division began crossing the Seversky Donets river by assault boat, constructing a bridge for other units, including the 14th Panzer Division. The division continued to make inroads around the black sea to take down the industrial city of Stalingrad. During the battle some units within the division were seen to construct caves which would later be transformed into a field hospital and an equipment storage room. The division fought in the ruined city until Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrender of the 6th Army in January 1943
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