This is German drop canister half section for SD1 bomblets which are rare to find from the battlefield.This one is rusty but solid with some rust holes but overall very nice solid condition not braking up at all it has been very well cleaned with a lot of original paintwork on the inside and the outside this half still has the inside compartment spacers in place and most of its red paintwork inside.The 2 red painted stripes on the tail fin are unusual done by the Luftwaffe ground crew to donate what was inside the canister we think this is obviously a very large item at 43 inches long but a cracking Luftwaffe relic and comes with 2 A5 laminated information cards with photos and map.This canister was recovered from the old German airfield at Sabile in the Kurland Pocket the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of iconic battle history and very rare item to get from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front.
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. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.
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