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  • German late war improvised fuel can with troop made markings properly used by the 26th Volksgrenadier Division found a local brocante in Bras a village just outside Bastogne from the Bulge battle 1944-1945

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    This is a German late war improvised fuel can with troop made markings a civilian can converted for Wehrmacht use. The tin has some of its original black paintwork on and still very clear to see and red painted markings on the top which are hand written by the soldiers. The can which has some dents and knocks from use but with no rust holes that can be seen it is missing its top but complete with its carry handles. The can has light surface rust in places but does not any heavy thick rust it is in overall very nice condition and a very nice example of this very late war fuel can battlefield found and more semi-relic then full relic which has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The fuel can was used in the fighting that took place in the Ardennes Forest during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very nice unusual relic found in September 2020 in Belgium ware it has been since the battle and comes with A5 laminated information card.

     The can was properly used by the 26th Volksgrenadier Division because on the 13th January 1945 they were the last German soldiers occupying the village of Bras near Bastogne at the end of the Battle of the Bulge. On the following day the village of Bras was liberated, and a historic meeting took place when the American forces linked up with the British forces and drove the Germans back into Germany. 

    The 26. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 on the training ground Warthelager near Posen from 26th Infantry Division and manpower from the partially formed 582 Volksgrenadier Division It was sent to the western front and saw action in the Ardennes suffering heavy losses. The remains of the division went into captivity in the Harz Mountains in April 1945.


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