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This is a Russian 76mm Divisional gun M1902 brass shell case dated 1916 re used in the second war by the Russian Army. The case is in nice condition with no major damage but does have some cracks in the neck from being fired the case still retains its brass colour but has partly discoloured from being buried. The case is complete on the bottom with most of its original markings clear to see it is dated 1916 but the 6 is very faint hard to see but other then that the case is perfect for display or collection. The case was recovered in The Demyansk Pocket near Leningrad in Russia the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942 and is a unusual find from the battlefield rare to get World War 1 cases re used in the Second war by the Russians.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.