This is a German Luftwaffe candle lantern base dated 1940 with the Luftwaffe eagle clear to see.The base is in very nice solid condition it still retains some of its original colour it does have rust and some damage it is ripped and bent partly properly battle damage but is not braking up or falling apart it has been well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.This lantern was found with other items used by the German 6th Panzer division it was recovered near the town of Cassel used in the battle which was fought from 27th until 30th of May 1940. This battle was part of the Dunkirk pocket perimeter fought around the port during the evacuation of May-June 1940 during the Battle of France.The magazine comes with a A5 laminated information card.
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In May 1940 during the battle of France the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire and the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry held Cassel for three days as part of the defensive screen around Dunkirk during the Battle of Dunkirk and evacuation from the 27 May 1940 to the 30 May 1940. The British forces had prepared a defence on the hilltop, emplacing anti-tank guns and barricading the narrow streets of the town. After scoring initial successes against the tanks of Panzer Regiment 11, part of the 6th Panzer Division which had made the mistake of advancing without infantry support, the British garrison was heavily attacked from the ground and the air by German forces of the whole of the 6th Panzer Division. Much of the town was reduced to ruins by bombing. Most of the garrison's members were killed or captured by the Germans during the fighting or the subsequent attempted breakout towards Dunkirk, but the defence they had put up played an important role in holding up the Germans while the Dunkirk evacuation was taking place.