This is a very rare find from the battlefield a German complete 8.8cm KwK 36 L/56 armour-piercing shell the head you can see being recovered on the pictures on the information card the steel 88 case is not from the tank site but recovered from the same area and does not have the electric primer but is exactly the same case other then the primer.The shell is empty and inert and has been totally cleaned out it is in relic but solid condition rusty but not falling apart the 88 case still has some brass wash on it but no markings on the bottom and the head still retains some of its original black colour.The shell which easily comes apart if you want to it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and very unusual find from the battlefield.The shell was recovered on the 14th December 2018 from the site of a destroyed Tiger 1 tank from the area of Priekule in the Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division during the battle a nice relic from the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of battlefield history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front and used by the famous SS.The shell comes with 2x laminated A5 information sheets with pictures of the dig and some of the parts being recovered including this head clear to see after recovery.
The SS Nord Division from late October to December 1944 they fought fierce defensive battles in the Kurland Pocket in the area of Priekule where they were ready for a breakout to the South. The red Army had become aware of German intentions and were ready to stop it. On the 16th October 1944 when the ss led breakout began the Soviets stopped the German attack in which a very large battle was fought but the Germans were able to hold their positions. During the next Soviet advance, the Nordland Division stopped the Russians and again held the line with no Russian gain. On the 25th January 1945 the red army launched there 4th and largest attack to clear the Kurland Pocket with Priekule the focal point of the attack they manged to capture some German positions but with the help of the 14th Panzer division the Nordland Division launched at counter attack and were able to re take the positions from the Russians. At the end of January 1945, the Division was finally pulled from the frontline at Priekule and loaded on to ships and were evacuated to Pomerania.
The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe.
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