This is a Belgium brass shell case dated 1934 for THE German Lefh 16 howitzer taken as reparations after World War I named obusier de 105 GP by the Belgium Army used in fortress's or emplacements then re used by the Germans after captured in 1940 used on the Atlantic wall and as a self propelled artillery gun.The case is complete with no major damage and still retains its shiny original brass colour and has all of its stamps and markings on the bottom of it which are nice and clear to read and in very nice condition overall.The case come from a brocante or market in Dunkirk on the French coast.A very nice relic and a rare case to find used on Hitlers Atlantic wall.
The Treaty of Versailles limited the Reichswehr to only 84 light field howitzers, with 800 rounds of ammunition per gun. The leFH 16 remained the standard German howitzer until 1937, when the 10.5cm Lefh 18 began to replace them in the artillery battalions. Guns turned over to Belgium as reparations after World War I were taken into German Army service after the conquest of Belgium as the 10.5 cm leFH 327 (b).
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