This is a British Vickers machine gun ammunition belt starter tab which could well have been used by the Australians or the Americans.The tab is complete the brass still retains its original colour it is dated 1916 then re issued in 1918 with other markings very visible to see it has been very well cleaned after its recovery in 2015 and is overall in very nice condition perfect for display or any collection.It was recovered from the Battlefiled of Le Hamel on the 4th July 1918,Australian and American offensive on the Somme. A very nice relic from the famous 1918 German spring offensive and the Allied counter attack on the Somme battlefield.
The Battle of Le Hamel was fought on the 4 July 1918 and was an attack by the Australians supported for first time by American forces with British Tanks. General Sir John Monash, Commander of the Australian Corps, planned for an attack to dislodge the German position on a spur of high ground outside the Village. The frontage of the attack was about 3 miles wide from Villers-Bretonneux village in the south to Le Hamel in the north, with Vaire and Le Hamel woods between these villages. General Monash selected the date of the attack as 4 July as American Independence Day for the date of the attack in honour of the American involvement in this battle. German casualties numbered about 2,000, with another 1,600 taken prisoner. Australian casualties were about 1,400 of whom about 250 were killed.Below a Mark 5 Tank and Australian soldiers beside tank that was disabled in fight for Le Hamel.
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