This is a Russian soldiers complete shovel which is complete with its original wooden handle which is very rare to find and in such good condition.The metal head is in semi relic but solid condition it is rusty in a few places but only surface rust the wooden handle is fantastically solid no damage never had woodworm it has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The shovel has been recovered from Kurland Pocket the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front.
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. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.
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