This is a German 3.7cm Flak 18/36/37 anti-aircraft gun ammunition tray fantastic condition as it was recovered inside its storage box which has protected it. The tray has pretty much all its original paintwork and colour it is waffen stamped and dated 1943 which is in semi-relic condition at worst but still very solid condition it only has some very light rust and pitting even has some of the original grease attached from where it was stored in the box. It is undamaged other then the slight bits mentioned it could have rounds put back on it perfectly if you wanted to it has been nicely cleand it is perfect for display or any collection and is so very rare to find from the battlefield anyway but in this condition unbelievable. The tray was recovered in 2021 inside an ammunition box used by the Whermacht 1st Panzer Army recovered from the Valley of Death the battlefield of September-October 1944 in the Dukla Pass on the Polish-Slovakian border and comes with A5 laminated information card.
The Battle of the Dukla Pass, also known as the Dukla, Carpatho–Dukla, Rzeszów–Dukla, or Dukla–Prešov offensive, was the battle for control over the Dukla Pass on the border between Poland and Slovakia on the Eastern Front the retreating German Army tried to stop the Russian advance West in September–October 1944. The German resistance by the 1st Panzer Army in the eastern Carpathian region was much stronger than expected. The battle which began on 8 September would not see the Soviet forces on the other side of the pass until 6 October, and German forces would stop their heavy resistance in the region only around 10 October. Five days to Prešov turned into fifty days to Svidník alone with over 70,000 casualties on both sides. Prešov that was to be reached in six days remained beyond the Czechoslovaks' grasp for four months. The battle would be counted among the bloodiest in the entire Eastern Front and the history of Slovakia; one of the valleys in the pass, near the villages of Kapišová, Chyrowa, Iwla and Głojsce, would become known as the "Valley of Death".