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  • British 3 inch stokes mortar round lovely clean relic some original paintwork and some maker markings recovered in 2012 from the Regina Trench near Courcelette on the Somme battlefield of October 1916

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    This is a British 3 inch stokes mortar round or bomb which is in fantastic condition for relic. The top plate still unscrews but the bottom one does not the mortar bomb is empty and inert the whole bomb is semi- relic condition at worst it is very solid with some light pitting and still has some original maker markings on the top plate on the bottom it has 32 on it the bomb has been very nicely cleaned and still retains some of its original black finish very clear to see on the inside is lovely condition all original colours it is in very solid condition very rare to get one of these from the battlefield in this good a condition and that still unscrews perfectly. The bomb was recovered in 2012 from Regina trench defensive position near the village of Courcelette the October 1916 battlefield on the Somme. This is a fantastic condition relic recovered 9 years ago on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916 and comes with A5 laminated information card.

    Regina Trench (Staufen Riegel) was a German Trench dug along the north-facing slope of a ridge running from north-west of the village of Le Sars south-westwards to Stuff Redoubt (Staufenfeste), close to the German fortifications at Thiepval on the Somme battlefield. It was the longest such trench on the German front during the First world war. Attacked several times by the Canadian Corps during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, the 5th Canadian corps briefly controlled a section of the trench on 1 October but was repulsed by counter-attacks of the German Marine Brigade (equivalent to an army division), which had been brought from the Belgian coast. An attack on 8 October, by the 1st Canadian Division and the 3rd Canadian Division on Regina Trench also failed. On 21 October, the 4th Canadian Division attacked the western portion of Regina Trench, as the 18th Division, 25th Division and the 39th Division of II Corps, attacked the part further west (known as Stuff Trench to the British). The Canadians met little opposition and gained the objective, as the II Corps divisions captured Stuff Trench in thirty minutes, giving the British control of the Thiepval Ridge. Three counter-attacks were repulsed by the Canadians and by 22 October, more than a thousand Germans had been taken prisoner. The east end of the trench was captured by the 4th Canadian Division during the night of 10/11 November.

    WWI, AEF Stokes Mortar Crew Poster Print by Science Source (18 x 24) : Home & Kitchen