This is a battle damaged German sniper shield which is complete with the door which does still work nicely opens and closes but the handle is missing so the door is loose on the plate. The plate has a blast crack from the impact of an explosion right down the middle and a large section of the plate is missing. The shield is rusty but solid and is in relic condition and has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. This shield comes with a A5 laminated information sheet and photos and is a lovely battle damaged item from the Somme battlefield of July 1916.
The Capture of Schwaben Redoubt (Schwaben-Feste) was a tactical incident in the Battle of the Somme, 1916. The redoubt was a German strong point 500–600 yd (460–550 m) long and 200 yd (180 m) wide, built in stages since 1915, near the village of Thiepval, overlooking the River Ancre. It formed part of the German defensive system in the Somme sector of the Wesetern Front and consisting of a mass of machine-gun emplacements, trenches and dug-outs. The redoubt was defended by the 26th Reserve Division, from Swabia in south-west Germany, which had arrived in the area during the first battle of Albert in 1914. Troops of the 36th Ulster Division captured the redoubt on 1 July 1916, until forced out by German bombardments and counter-attacks after night had fallen.The British kept the area of the redoubt under bombardment until 3 September, when the 49th West Riding Division attacked the area from the west, in a morning fog. The 36th Division infantry got across no man's land but were defeated, when German artillery and machine gun fire swept the Irish troops and German infantry counter-attacked from the flanks, using hand grenades. In late September, the British gained a footing in the redoubt, during the Battle of Thiepval Ridge (26–28 September). Attack and counter-attack followed until 14 October, when troops of the 39th Division, captured the last German foothold in the redoubt and repulsed German counter-attacks from 15–21 October 1916.
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