French 75mm brass shell case dated 1918 and re stamped possibly by the Germans as it was captured after the fall of France in 1940.Then re used by the German army in the PAK 97/38 anti-tank gun this case still retains a lot of its original brass colour and all its markings can be seen on the bottom.The brass case is in semi-relic condition at worst and still has its brass colour finnish with some marks,scraps and light damage but is in nice solid condition it is not braking up or crumbling and would clean up if you wanted to perfect for display or any collection.The brass case was recovered many years ago by a local collector and has been in a private collection ever since the case was recovered near the Elsenborn Ridge the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.The item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photos.
The German Pak 97/38 (7.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 97/38) anti-tank gun was a combination of the barrel from the French Canon de 75 modèle 1897 fitted with a Swiss Solothurn muzzle brake and mounted on the carriage of the German 5 cm Pak 38. During the invasion of Poland and invasion of France the Wehrmacht captured thousands of 75 mm Model 1897 guns, built by the French arms manufacturer Schneider. These guns were adopted by the Germans as the 7.5 cm FK 97(p) and the 7.5 cm FK 231(f) and used in their original field artillery role. The Pak 97/38 was produced using captured barrels and could fire captured French and Polish ammunition. Together with light weight, good mobility and sufficient anti-Armor performance with a HEAT shell (enough to penetrate T-34 in most situations; the side Armor of the KV could also be pierced), it made the gun a decent anti-tank weapon.
The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
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