German 105mm shell case which is in nice condition with no major damage but the brass colour has gone it has been burnt in a fire but the case is still very solid and not braking up it has all its original markings on the bottom of it including the date July 1918 this shell was fired by the 10.5cm LEFH 16 field howitzer.This case was 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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Pile of 10.5cm shell cases on the Somme
Burnt German 105 mm shell case dated 1918 used on the 10.5cm LEFH 16 field howitzer recovered from the battlefield around Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres