This is a very rare find from the battlefield a German Auer GM-30 microphone gas mask used by radio operators it is in relic but solid condition the rubber is not cracking or braking up at all and it is complete with its eyelets and the connector port where the radio wire attached.The mask does not have is filter but still has its filter connector attached it is still covered in some dirt and muck from the recovery but a very nice find from the battlefield in this condition.The mask has been lightly cleaned was is in perfect condition for display or any collection it was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely rare relic from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.This item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photo.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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