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  • German soldiers K98 bayonet with some original colour and maker marked used by soldier of the 1st Panzer Army recovered River Don area outside the City of Rostov on Don attacked by them in 1941 near Stalingrad

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    This German soldiers K98 bayonet it has no remains of its wooden handles but it is very nice condition with a lot its original colour very clear to see also with its maker marking clear to see. The bayonet is in very solid condition the blade is only very lightly pitted in some places deeper then in others and it is not very Sharpe and it is damaged from rust but not to bad it has been very well cleaned up and is perfect for display or for any collection. The bayonet was recovered from the mouth of the River Don area outside the City of Rostov on Don attacked by them in November- December 1941 South of Stalingrad. 

    The 1st Panzer Army was a German tank army that was a large, armoured formation of the Wehrmacht during World War II. When originally formed on 1 March 1940, the predecessor of the 1st Panzer Army was named Panzer Group Kleist (Panzergruppe Kleist) with Colonel General Ewald von Kleist in command.

    The German 1st Panzer Army advanced from Kiev, and encircled Soviet troops at Melitopol in October, then attacked east along the shore of the Sea of Azov toward Rostov at the mouth of the Don River, known as the gateway to the Caucasus. The assault of Rostov its self-began on 17 November, and on 21 November the Germans took the city. However, the German lines were over-extended, and Kleist's warnings that his left flank was vulnerable and that his tanks were ineffective in the freezing weather were ignored. On the 27th November the Russians launched a counter attack against the 1st Panzer Army's spearhead from the north, forcing them to pull out of the city. Adolf Hitler countermanded the retreat. When Rundstedt refused to obey, Hitler sacked him, and replaced him with Reichenau. However, Reichenau saw at once that Rundstedt was right and succeeded in persuading Hitler to withdrawal, and the 1st Panzer Army was forced back to the Mius river at Taganrog. It was the first significant German withdrawal of the war.

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