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    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.

    The .30 caliber M1 steel ammunition can box was developed to deliver belts of 250 .30-06 cartridges for the .30 Cal. M1917 Browning machine gun. It has also been used for various calibers in cartons, clips, bandoleers or other packaging. The .30 cal. steel M1 ammo can replaced the wood Cal .30 Ammunition Box early in the war. The M1 ammo can typically held a cloth or link belt of .30-06 cartridges.

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