Large French artillery brass shell case dated 1935.The case is in lovely condition it has been nicely decorated with the date November 1939 on the front of it the case which still retains its original brass colour but does have a couple of dirty marks it has all its markings on the base clear to read.This case came from a market near Dunkirk a very nice relic from the Dunkirk pocket of 1940.
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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