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This is a German made shell head with Russian brass case fired by the famous 76.2mm anti-tank gun a complete round the case is dated 1944 .The case is complete with no major damage but does not retain its shiny original brass colour it has discoloured from being buried it still has most of its stamps and markings on the bottom not very clear to see and its original brass colour. The head is the very rare bit German made for this captured gun that they used on a fairly large scale and made there own ammunition for this example has a lot of original colour maker marked on the bottom very clear to see and is completely empty and inert as is the case the head fits in the case very well and is in very nice condition for a battlefield recovered shell. The shell has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. This shell case was fired by the German 9th army recovered from near a lake south of Berlin in the area where they fought and surrendered to the Russians during the battle of Berlin in April 1945.The shell comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.