This is a VERY RARE to find German Anti Tank Tellermine 42 this is the top section and the bottom plate but still complete with its pressure plate and the very rare bit a lot of original sand colour paintwork on the outside and all of its black paintwork on the inside and on the inside of the bottom plate.The mine is completely empty and inert it is missing its carry handle it rusty but solid and with a few rust holes at all it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for any display or collection a real cracking example of this very famous mine and very hard to find from the battlefield in this good a condition and with so much original paintwork.The Tellermine has been recovered in the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgium border this was the scene of a massive battle from September to December 1944 with the Germans trying to stop the American advance in to Germany.The rocket comes with a laminated A5 information card with picture.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic.
The Tellermine 42 was the 1942 pattern design and was a German metal-cased anti-tank blast mine used during the whole War. The mine was a development of the Tellermine 35 with improved resistance to blast. It was followed by the simplified Tellermine 43. The Tellermine consists of a circular pressed steel main body with a large central pressure plate. The pressure plate is smaller than the earlier Tellermine 35, which increases the mine's resistance to blast. Two secondary fuze wells are provided for anti-handling devices, one in the side, and one on the bottom of the mine. The mine has a carrying handle.
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