This is a German mg 34 early war aluminium made ammunition tin with some original black and red paintwork it is dated 1940 and is waffen stamped that can be seen very well on the top of the lid .The lid still opens ,closes but is fragile only held on by centre part of the lid either side is ripped with impact damage the lock does not work it has bent out of shape it does still have its carry handle but this is broken and rusted solid the tin is in relic condition but very good condition for a relic its the battle damage that miss shapes it and has damaged it down one side lots of impact holes and bent out of shape but still with a lot of original colour it does not have any rust holes only impact holes it is unusual to find from the battlefield in such good condition with so much paintwork and colour the tin has about 70% of its original paint work on the outside the inside nothing much it is a bit dirty but in nice condition the small handles on the side one has rusted in place but still a very nice battlefield relic. The tin was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona on the Gothic Line in Italy 1944 campaign. This tin found with another one with desert camouflage so possibly used by the Afrikakorps in North Africa and then re used in Italy.
The box was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona in the area where the Canadian 1st and 5th infantry divisions were, and they were part of the famous 8th Army which were attacking the Gothic line from August 1944.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in Jun 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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