This is a very are find from the battlefield especially in this condition German army issue pair of socks which are the larger size with 3 white stripes.The socks still with there original gray colour they are wool made and have been very well used by there war time owner with many repairs also holes and damage from use they are very solid not braking up or falling apart overall lovely condition they very lightly cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection and a very rare find for any collection normally items like this have rotted away in the mud but these were in a chalk lined dug out which has helped preserve them.The socks were recovered from the remains of an old German dug out near the village of Lucherberg. A front-line area defended by soldiers of the 3rd Parachute Division during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest in Germany, from late November 1944 until early December 1944.The socks come with 2xA5 laminated information cards with pictures and map.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.
The 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division was sent to the northern tip of the Hürtgenwald to repel the American attacks launched there by the US 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One". With success they kept the Americans at distance but with heavy losses on their side. By the end of November 1944, the Americans succeeded in reaching the forest edge near the town of Merode and Düren. Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8 in late November 1944 was sent towards the towns of Luchem and Lucherberg, where the battle against the US 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolves" was very severe. As the towns were finally captured by the Americans, they took 400 prisoners from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8 around the 3rd and 4th of December 1944.The picture below shows captured soldiers from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8.
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