This is a black painted with some nice white stamped markings and red stripe German Wooden ammunition crate for 10.5cm LEFH 18 field howitzer it held 6 separate propelling charge shell cases. This box is complete with those shell cases all 6 are rusty but solid very well cleaned and have a few faint markings but nothing much and slide in and out of the case fairly easily and empty and inert. The cartridges were recovered from an old German gun pit position for a 10.5cm LEFH 18 field howitzer used by the 107th Panzer Brigade or supporting Fallschirmjager troops used in the battle of Helmond during the British Operation Market Garden the Offensive 22nd-25th September 1944 in the Netherlands. The box is in nice condition the wood still retains most of its original black paintwork finish it has some damage to the wood splits and cracks and few chunks missing nothing to bad a well used crate it is still very solid not braking up or falling apart no wood worm either a rare very well preserved box it has original war time stamped white ink markings on the lid and on one side also has red stripe on lid and front it is waffen stamped and dated 1943 on the side and on the inside it has a fantastic paper label which was last packed 17th June 1944 it has both its hinges in nice condition and work a bit stiff the locks still works fine and its carry strap is still there and the cloth is still solid it is a very nice example of this famous ammunition crate. The crate came from a private collection in Dieppe originally used by the German Army in the Normandy campaign in the summer of 1944.The crate and shells come with 2xA5 laminated information cards
Panzer Brigade 107 was raised around the remnants from Panzer-Grenadier-Division 25. Although the brigade only received 33 Panther tanks and 12 StuG IV assault guns the unit got 9 to 12 weeks for training and organisation! The urgency of troops at the front thwarted this schedule and on the 15th of September the troops were loaded on trains heading for the West. Panzer-Brigade 107 was destined for operations in Lorraine but the major Allied airborne operation in the Netherlands required tank forces in this sector.
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