French 47mm tank brass shell case dated 1939 these cases were used on Char B1 tanks or Somua 35 tanks these were the only guns that used this size these cases are not common to find there are not that many about.The case is in lovely condition which still retains its original brass colour it has all its markings on the base clear to read a really nice example of this famous tank shell.This case came from a private collection in Dunkirk ware it would have been used in the battle in 1940. A very nice relic from the Dunkirk pocket of 1940 the item comes with a 5x7 laminated information sheet.
After the Phoney War, the Battle of France began in earnest on 10th May 1940. To the east, the German Army Group B invaded the Netherlands and advanced westward. In response, the Supreme Allied Commander—French General Maurice Gamelin—initiated "Plan D" and entered Belgium to engage the Germans in the Netherlands.By the 26th May 1940 the BEF and the French 1st Army were bottled up in a corridor to the sea, about 60 mi (97 km) deep and 15–25 mi (24–40 km) wide around the port of Dunkirk. Most of the British forces were still around Lille, over 40 mi (64 km) from Dunkirk, with the French further south. Two massive German armies flanked them. General Fedor von Bock’s Army Group B was to the east, and General Gerd von Rundstedt's Army Group A to the west. The War Office made the decision to evacuate British forces on 25th May. In the nine days from 27 May–4 June, 338,226 men escaped, including 139,997 French, Polish, and Belgian troops, together with a small number of Dutch soldiers, aboard 861 vessels (of which 243 were sunk during the operation)
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