This is a German 12.2cm S.F.H 396 heavy howitzer captured Russian M-30 gun re named and used by the Germans this wooden ammunition crate with markings was made by the Germans for use on these captured guns.The box is in nice condition the wood still retains its original dark brown wooden finish the box has original war time black stamped markings on the lid not completely clear to read both hinges in nice condition and work also the lock still works perfectly it only has one of its rope carry handles the other has snapped off the lid still opens and closes perfectly a very nice example of this ammunition crate which was being used in those last days of the war.The box was found on a flee market in Berlin in 2017 a nice bit of history from the capital of the Third Reich in the height of its Power.
The Russian M-30 artillery gun a lot we captured and used by the Wehrmacht in 1941–1942 and were adopted as 12,2 cm s.F.H.396(r) heavy howitzers. Germany began mass production of 122 mm ammunition for these and other captured howitzers, producing 424,000 shells in 1943, 696,700 in 1944 and 133,000 in 1945. Some captured M-30s were used in the Atlantic Wall fortifications.
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