This is a nice find from the battlefield which is a Russian F1 hand grenade very nice condition relic could have a fuse screwed back in if you wanted to. This is the outer casing only which is empty and inert the metal case has no holes only some surface rust and pitting it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The hand grenade was recovered from the area of Priekule in the Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division during the battle a nice relic from the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front properly by the German SS troops defending the pocket.
The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe.