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This is a trio of German 20mm cannon cases were fired by flak 30/38 ant aircraft gun the cases are early war brass made they are empty and inert. The cases have all there maker markings, waffen stamped that can be seen and are dated 1937 on the bottom all very clear to see the cases are complete but damaged in some places mostly round the necks they are a bit dirty but very solid not falling apart and have turned green from being buried but do still have some remains of there original brass colour they have cleaned up very well. These rounds were recovered in 2013 in woods which was the site of one of the anti-aircraft batteries protecting Amiens Prison when Operation Jericho the RAF raid on the Prison took place on the 18th February 1944.The aim of the raid in Northern France was to try and release French resistance fighters who had been captured by the Germans. These shell cases come with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
RAF Mosquito fighter-bombers breached the walls, prison buildings and destroyed the guards' barracks. Of the 832 prisoners, 102 were killed by the bombing, 74 were wounded and 258 escaped, including 79 Resistance and political prisoners; two-thirds of the escapees were recaptured. Two Mosquitos and a Typhoon fighter escort were shot down and another Typhoon was lost at sea. The raid is notable for the precision and daring of the attack, which was filmed by a camera on one of the Mosquitos. There is debate as to who requested the attack and whether it was necessary.