This is American 30 caliber M1 steel ammunition tin,with some of its original markings and its lid but the lid has rusted solid on to the tin and does not open.The tin has some of its original green paint work on the outside it does have a fair bit of surface rust and one large rust hole in the bottom corner and a couple on one side it is a very nice condition ammunition tin especially for a battlefield recovered relic that was only recovered very recently from the forest it has been cleaned so some of the original colour is there and it is perfect for display or any collection.This tin was recovered from the woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.
The Battle of Elsenborn
Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the
Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on Elsenborn
Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the
westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level;
unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively
logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in
gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied
supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and
Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the
area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and
Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages
of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of
the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry
troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
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