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  • German 8cm Mortar model 34 range site box with sand camouflage paintwork remains and has wooden holder inside used by Soldiers in the 14th Panzer corps recovered from the Liri River in 2020 on the Adolf Hitler line of May 1944 in Italy.

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    This is a German 8cm Mortar model 34 range site box with sand camouflage paintwork remains very clear to see and has its wooden holder inside the box still in place and overall a lot of original colour. The lid has rusted in place it is in relic condition with some rust holes and rust damage it still has its clips attached but they have rusted solid the box has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a rare find from the battlefield.  The box was used by Soldiers in the 14th Panzer corps recovered from the Liri River in 2020 on the Adolf Hitler line of May 1944 in Italy. The box comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards with pictures.  

    The 14th panzer Corps also participated in the battle of Monte Cassino under the command of General Von Senger und Etterlin and included among its formations, the 1st Parachute Division, the 15th Panzergrenadier Division and the 29th Panzergrenadier Division, which had previously fought under it in Sicily. It remained on the Italian front until its surrender at the end of the war.

    After the Gustav Line was breached on 12th May 1944 British and Indian army units had attempted, without success, to storm the Hitler Line. A set piece battle, Operation Chesterfield, was planned for May 23 and Canadian soldiers were to play the dominant role. Ultimately the Canadians prevailed, but at a horrific cost, with 890 casualties in one day, making it the single worst day of fighting in the entire Italian campaign.

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