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This is a German 88mm steel shell case used by Flak 36/37/41 anti aircraft and anti tank gun in very nice relic condition. This is a getting a hard to find item now from the battlefield a German steel made shell case for the flak 36/37/41 the famous 8.8cm anti aircraft and anti tank gun used on all fronts by the German army. The case is steel made it is in relic but solid condition some of its maker markings that can be seen are on the primer the case its self no markings are that clear to see it has a few small rust holes but no major rust damage around the top neck it has has a dent and bit of miss shape from being buried the case has been very well cleaned it is perfect to 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 case 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.