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  • Complete 75mm KwK40 armour piercing shell with steel shell case fired by German Panzer 4 tank of the 14th Panzer Division recovered near the town of Kalach in the area they captured in the battle of July-August 1942,Stalingrad front

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    This is a German complete 7.5cm KwK40 armour piercing shell fired by Panzer 4 tank. The shell case is which is in nice condition with brass wash remains and what looks like white paintwork it is rusty but solid with only a large blast hole which has rusted up and has rusty edges but does have a few dents but no other holes or neck damage the base has no original markings that can be seen but is complete with its primer. The shell is in nice condition the projectile has some pitting nothing to bad it still has lots of original colour but is missing its driving band and it is missing its ballistic cap it has been very well cleaned and overall nice condition the projectile is tight in the case but comes out easy enough the shell is empty and inert and comes from the site of a destroyed Panzer 4  tank near the town of Kalach in the area they captured in the battle of July-August 1942 on the Stalingrad front in Russia. The shell was fired by a Panzer 4 tank of the 14th Panzer Division and comes with 2 x A5 laminated information cards.

    The Battle of Kalach took place between the German Sixth Army and elements of the Soviet Stalingrad Front between July 25 and August 11, 1942. The Soviets deployed the 62nd and 64th Armies in a Don River bridgehead west of Kalach with the intent of impeding the German advance on Stalingrad which they managed to do for a few weeks before they were destroyed or captured by the German 6th Army then they advanced to Stalingrad.

    The 14th Panzer Division struck into the Kalach bridgehead. Their spearheads made contact southwest of Kalach by late afternoon, trapping the main body (eight rifle divisions) of the Soviet 62nd Army in an encirclement. Joined by L1 Army Corps the Germans began systematically destroying the surrounded Soviet forces. The pocket was wiped out in four days, by 11 August. Nearly 50,000 prisoners were taken, and the Germans claimed the destruction of a thousand Soviet tanks and 750 guns, although the claims of destroyed Soviet tanks are considered a little exaggerated. These losses threw the Soviet leader Josef Stalin into a panic and compelled him to feed more reserves into the fight at Stalingrad.

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