French 75mm brass shell case dated 1917 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 complete a little bent around the top after being fired it is in relic but nice solid condition it is not braking up or crumbling and still has some dirt and mud on it after being recovered from the battlefield .The brass case was recovered many years ago by a local collector and has been in a private collection he found them in one of the woods around Bastogne 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 5x7 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.
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The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II in the European theatre. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany's armoured forces on the Western Front bringing the war to end much sooner.