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  • German 3x brass 20mm cannon cases used on flak 30/38 anti-aircraft gun with some maker markings dated 1938,1939, nice condition relics recovered in Sevastopol the battlefield of the Crimea 1941-1942 in Russia

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    This is a trio of German 20mm cannon cases used by flak 30/38 ant aircraft gun the cases are empty and inert with some of there maker markings dates 1938-1939 and waffen stamps that can be seen on the bottom. The cases are not there brass colour they have discoloured from being buried one is not complete missing its top section they are a little bit damaged from being buried a bit of damage around the neck from being fired they have been very well cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection. The shell cases were recovered from the Sevastopol battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in the East. 

    In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defences and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.

    Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege. Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.

    German Anti-aircraft Flak