This is a very rare find from the battlefield a British fired Livens mortar which was filled with flammable or toxic chemicals the projectile is in relic but very solid condition. The case has split open down one side when it was fired it has been properly cleaned out and is empty and inert it is rusty but not braking up at all it has been painted black on the outside to protect it but overall it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a very rare one to get from the battlefield especially in such good condition. The Livens round was recovered from the battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres.A very nice find from the famous Ypres battlefield and rare to get German relic from the battlefield. The projectile comes with a A5 laminated information card.
Passchendaele is a small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.
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