This is a Group of 4 sections German maxim machine gun cloth ammunition belt remains the belt spacers still have the cloth attached in places. The spaces are in nice solid condition for recovered relics the brass has gone green from being buried but the cloth still retains its original colour but they have been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The belt sections were recovered in the woods that was the German frontline facing the British front lines at Maricourt on the June-July 1916 Somme battlefield this area saw very heavy fighting during the battle on the 1st July 1916.
Maricourt village was held by the Allies an attack was launched from this area on the 1st July 1916 at the beginning of the Battles of the Somme offensive, but no major gains were made until a week or so later. Maricourt was the point of junction where the British and French trench lines connected and was a very short distance between the Allied and German front lines. The Village was lost in the German advance of March 1918 and recaptured at the end of the following August.
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