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  • SOLD Russian Mig 3 fighter shot down and crashed in the Demyansk Pocket near Leningrad in Russia 1941-1942

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    This is a aluminium airframe panel with a section of the red star insignia still on it the panel is still covered in original green paintwork paint work around the edge as well and black paintwork on the back.The panel overall has a lot of original colour it has ripped and bent by the impact of the crash but has been very nicely cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection the size of the part is 8 inches long by 5 inches wide.The part was recovered from Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-3 fighter shot down and recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield and comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of Russian history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.

    On 22 June 1941 most of the Russian MiG-3s and MiG-1s were in the border military districts of the Soviet Union. The Leningrad Military District had 164 aircraft over the winter of 1941–42 the Soviets transferred all of the remaining MiG-3s to the Navy and PVO so that on 1 May 1942 none were left on strength with the Russian Airforce.

    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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