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This is a very rare German model M17 stick grenade pretty much complete it is completely empty and inert .The case is rusty and relic but solid with some rust damage and the rare bit it does have some small green paint remains clear to see it is complete with the wooden handle which remains a lot of its original brown colour and with base plate with cord pull still with it the grenade is in very nice solid condition the wood is very dry not braking up or falling apart it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and so rare to get a over 100 year old grenade in this condition. The stick grenade was recovered from an old German dugout around the battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres. The item comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
Passchendaele is small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.