This is a 50 kg bomb case which is near complete but is missing its nose cone and the back fin has been smashed by the impact of the crash.The case does have damage from the crash it has a hole ripped in to one side it is still covered in original green paintwork with a blue stripe on it the case is completely empty and inert.The case has been nicely cleaned with a lot of original colour perfect for display or any collection it is 20 inches long and 8 inches wide in size and a rare find from a crashed aircraft.This 50kg bomb case was recovered from Russian il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft which was the standard bomb carried by them only very rarely carried a larger 100kg bomb this plane was shot down during the siege of Danzig in March 1945 and is a very nice relic from the air war over the Eastern Front in the last days of the Reich and comes with a 2x A5 laminated information sheets with pictures.
The plane crashed in to a forest west of the city of Danzig modern day Gdansk and was recovered some years ago. The Russian East Pomeranian Offensive started in February 1945 eventually Russian General Rokossovsky opened his final offensive on 15 March 1945; the main thrust, toward the coast at Zoppot between Gdingen and Danzig, being undertaken by the 70th and 49th Army advancing in parallel. The fighting was savage, but by 19 March 1945 the Soviet spearheads had reached the heights over Zoppot, while the 4th Panzer Division had been pushed back to the outskirts of Danzig itself. By 22 March 1945, the 70th Army reached the sea.Danzig finally fell on 30 March 1945, after which the remnants of the 2nd Army withdrew to the Vistula delta southeast of the city. According to Soviet claims, in the Battle of Danzig the Germans lost 39,000 soldiers dead and 10,000 captured.
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