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  • German Fallschirmjager soldier of the 1st parachute army Rare pre war Reichswehr/Wehrmacht 1934 pattern soldiers shovel head recovered near Hamburg from the battle that was fought and were a large numbers of them surrendered in April - May 1945

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    This is a Rare pre war Reichswehr/Wehrmacht 1934 pattern soldiers shovel head used by Fallschirmjager soldier of the 1st parachute army which is in nice condition for a relic.The head which is missing its wooden handle is in very nice solid condition it has cleaned up well it is a bit pitted and rusty from being buried but is a nice example and is perfect for display or any collection and unusual pattern shovel to get being the early pre war type.This shovel head was recovered from from site of a surrender pit dug by Allies after the German 1st parachute army surrendered near Hamburg from the battle that was fought and were large numbers of them surrendered in April - May 1945 in last days of the Reich in Germany.The shovel head comes with a A5 laminated information card with photograph. 

    The Battle of Hamburg was one of the last battles during the war where the remaining troops of the German 1st parachute Army fought the British 8th Army for the control of Hamburg fought between 18 April and 3 May 1945. The 12th SS Regiment defended the outskirts of the city and then the British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army. By this time the 1st Parachute Army were a mix of SS, paratroopers, Valkssturm, along with regular Wehrmacht soldiers, supported by sailors, police, firemen and Hitler Youth. Other German units in the area including a tank destroyer battalion, a Hungarian SS unit and many panzerfaust anti-tank troops were still located in the woods south of Hamburg. British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army and finally captured the city and a lot of its defenders on the 3rd May 1945.

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