British 18 pounder high explosive shell head nice condition recovered head.The shell head is in nice condition still with most of its original markings with numbers and dated 1916 all clear to read it still retains its original brass colour and has been very well cleaned this head has been fired with some damage from that but a cracking find this head has been recovered on or around The battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres.A very nice find from the famous Ypres battlefield and rare to get a German shell head in this condition from the battlefield.
Passchendaele is a small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.
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