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  • German gun barrel cleaning brush with its brills used by 17cm Kanone 18 heavy field gun recovered from the Bourguebus ridge captured by the British, Canadians during Operation Goodwood the battle 18-21 July 1944 in Normandy

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    This is a German 17cm Kanone 18 heavy field gun artillery gun cleaning brush head which is complete with most of its brills but does have a bit of damage one top section being held in by zip strap. The brush head is in relic but solid condition the wood is not falling apart neither are the brills the metal frame is rusty but solid it has been very well cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection and very unusual find from the battlefield. The brush head due to its size this is how we know the gun calibre was recovered from the area of the Bourguebus ridge captured by the British and Canadians during Operation Goodwood the battle was fought on the 18-21 July 1944 in Normandy. The brush comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards.

    On the 18th of July tanks of the British 8th Corps were stopped in there advance onto the Bourguébus Ridge by the 1st SS Panzer Division, the commander of the 2nd British Army, General Dempsey, ordered the Canadians to take the village of Bras which lays in front of the ridge. The order came late in the afternoon on July 19th also that day all three armoured divisions continued to fight their way forward towards the Bourguébus Ridge despite heavy opposition, taking Bras, Hubert-Folie and Soliers. The 11th Armoured Division lost 65 more tanks. The Germans remained in possession of Bourguébus itself, La Hogue and Frenouville. The 3rd British Division, on the front of the 1st Corps, was stopped short of Troarn.On the 20th July saw Bourguébus and Frenouville fall to the 8th Corps before operations ground to a halt as the Germans dug in but the Ridge was finally taken and cleared of all Germans on the 21st July with the Germans falling back to there next defensive line.

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    17 cm Kanone 18 - Wikipedia