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This is a fantastic condition German K98 rifle which is not totally complete metal work also with no wood at all but a fantastic condition rifle one of the best i have had from the battlefield the barrel is bent to one side with a small split in it which looks like a impact hit also battle damaged around the breach area.The rifle is missing all of its trigger section and bolt but is complete with its range site holder but no range site it also has its barrel end sections of metal work still attached,The rifle has lots of original colour and black paintwork it is dated 1944 with a lot of its original maker markings still there and very clear to see it is empty of all ammunition. The rifle is deactivated by condition obviously plain to see also the barrel is bent and is blocked in side as well it has no moving parts most of them have completely rusted solid. The rifle is in fantastic condition for a relic a bit pitted and some damage in places but nothing to bad it has been very nicely cleaned and is in very solid condition and a lovely rare one for the collection perfect for display. This rifle was recovered from the remains of an old German dug out near the village of Lucherberg. A front-line area defended by soldiers of the 3rd Parachute Division during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest in Germany, from late November 1944 until early December 1944.The rifle come with 2xA5 laminated information cards with pictures and map.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.
The 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division was sent to the northern tip of the Hürtgenwald to repel the American attacks launched there by the US 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One". With success they kept the Americans at distance but with heavy losses on their side. By the end of November 1944, the Americans succeeded in reaching the forest edge near the town of Merode and Düren. Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8 in late November 1944 was sent towards the towns of Luchem and Lucherberg, where the battle against the US 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolves" was very severe. As the towns were finally captured by the Americans, they took 400 prisoners from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8 around the 3rd and 4th of December 1944.The picture below shows captured soldiers from Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 8.
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