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This is a unusual find from the battlefield a French 75mm brass shell case dated 1918 and the primer is dated 1935 used famously in world war 1 these guns were captured by the Germans after the fall of France in 1940 then re used by the German army as the PAK 97/38 anti-tank gun. The case still with most of its markings on the bottom that can be seen and it is badly battle damaged squashed flat and has impact holes and damage it is ripped and bent properly from when it blew up or was squashed by a vehicle .The case is complete but badly damaged it does not retain its shiny original brass colour it has discoloured and is a bit rusty from being buried it is in very nice condition for a battlefield recovered case and very rare to find one of these captured cases in use with Germans recovered from the battlefield. The case would have been used by the German 15th Army and was recovered in the Scheldt Estuary in the Netherlands the battle of October- November 1944.The case comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photos.
The Battle of the Scheldt was a series of military operations by the Canadian 1st Army. The battle took place in northern Belgium and southwestern Netherlands during World War II from October 2 to November 8, 1944. After five weeks of difficult fighting, the Canadian 1st Army—bolstered by attached troops from several other countries (the vast majority from the United Kingdom) —was successful in clearing the Scheldt after numerous amphibious assaults, obstacle crossings, and costly assaults over open ground. Both land and water were mined, and the Germans of the 15th Army defended their line of retreat with artillery and snipers.