This is a Russian SU76 self-propelled artillery gun back hatch from the rear structure directly behind the gun where the gun crew got in and out.The hatch is pretty much complete apart from the lock and handle it has no rust holes and is complete with the remains of the hinges and the large construction bolts are still in place also has the remains of some original black paintwork it is rusty but solid and has been very well cleaned up and is perfect for display or any collection and a heavy lump of Russian tank which is 25 inches long by 16 inches wide.The door was recovered from the site of a destroyed SU76 gun from the battlefield on the Seelow Heights in 1945 the opening battle for Berlin.A very nice relic from this famous battlefield in the last weeks of the war which comes with a laminated A5 information card with pictures.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
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