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  • German gas mask tin complete with gas mask, with soldbuch number on the side used by soldier of the 708th Volksgrenadier Division recovered near Mackenheim in the Culmar Pocket of early 1945 in France

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    This is German soldiers gas mask tin complete with the gas mask still inside the mask is missing its eyelets and its back section and the filter has rusted in to the bottom of the tin. The tin which has a fair bit of its original green paintwork very clear to see no paintwork on the inside much only on the inside of the lid and top rim. The tin which is rusty but a lighter surface rust but does have rust holes down one side on the inside there is no date or maker marking on the inside on spare gas eyelets box cover that can be seen but does have some original paintwork all over the lid and cover. The tin does have the soldiers soldbuch number marked in white paint on the side the lid does open but does not close properly because it has bent out of shape very slightly but it does still have its locking catch the tin is in nice solid condition it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. This complete gas mask tin was recovered near Mackenheim which was the area defended by the 708th Volksgrenadier Division which were part of the 19th Army so we assume this gas mask belonged to a soldier of the 708th. Mackenheim is a Town which was in the hart of the fighting in the Culmar Pocket the battle of January-February 1945 in France on the German border.The gas mask comes with a A5 laminated information card. 

    Apart from Normandy, the areas of France most bitterly defended by the Germans were Alsace and Lorraine. This occurred in part because the Allied surge across France in 1944 was slowed down by logistical difficulties as the Allies reached the easternmost extent of France, but the primary reason for the stout German defenses of these regions is that Alsace and Lorraine were claimed as part of Germany and would be defended as strongly as any other German soil. This perception informed Hitler's decisions of 24 November and 27 November 1944, that committed General Siegfried Rasp's 19th Army to a do-or-die defence of the region around Colmar. The Battle of the Colmar Pocket began December 15, 1944, and by February 19, 1945, all German units have been pushed to the west of the Rhine in the southern region. The Germans bitterly defended the areas of Alsace and Lorraine. After the Alsace campaign, the Americans had around 29.000 casualties, among them 7.000 K.I.A's. On the German side were roughly 23.000 casualties, among them up to 3.450 dead as well as 6.800 M.I.A's.