German 8cm mortar 3 shell carry case with black stamped maker markings pretty clear to see on the lid also maker stamped and waffen stamped.The box does have some of its original sand colour paintwork on the outside the box is complete with its carry handles the lock still works ok the lid opens and closes properly the box has some rust holes but not many also the hinge is free moving.The inside of the box is the fantastic part about this box it still retains a lot of its original sand colour paintwork the racking is in place not really relic at all inside the box very rare to find from the battlefield in such good condition with so much paintwork and with such nice markings and perfect to display with shell inside this box has survived so well as it has been in a Lake bed in the silt which has help protect it the lid is rusty but very solid and a cracking condition relic recovered from a Lake South of Berlin in the area the 9th Army fought,surrendered in April 1945 during the battle of Berlin. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from the days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin. This box comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Red Army crossed Germany's border on the 12th January 1945 and forced the 9th Army to retreat all along the front until it was deployed westward to the river Oder. Three of the 9th Army's formations were tasked with defending the Seelow Heights, which was the last defensible region before Berlin. In total the 9th Army was reduced to 100,000 men and 800 tanks and assault guns against which the Soviets had over 1,000,000 men and 10,000 tanks and assault guns.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights started on 16 April 1945 when Marshal Georgy Zhukov’s 1st Belorussian Front attacked across the Oder. The 9th Army held the line for about 3 days. After heavy fighting the 9th Army were driven back towards Berlin split in two with bulk of the forces under the command of Theodor Busse. This large part of the 9th Army were driven into a pocket in the Spree Forest south of the Seelow Heights and west of Frankfurt.
From inside the pocket east of Frankfurt Busse attempted a breakout to the west to join up with the 12th Army. The breakout, known as the Battle of Halbe, resulted in the destruction of the Ninth Army as a coherent force. Troops that were not captured by the Soviets crossed the Elbe at Tangermunde and surrendered to the US Army.
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