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  • German Luftwaffe soldiers gas mask tin with a lot of original blue paintwork badly burnt in fire,recovered from water in the area of Sochau near Furstenfeld in Austria where on 12th May 1945 the SS Wiking Division surrendered to the Americans

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    This is a German Luftwaffe soldiers gas mask tin with a lot of its original blue paintwork very clear to see which has been badly burnt in a fire.The gas mask tin is  complete with its lid but not attached the tin has slightly bent around the top.The tin is in relic condition it is rusty and has a lot of rust damage it still has a lot of its original blue paintwork very clear to see especially on the lid .The tin is not in the most solid condition because of the fire so it is a more fragile relic but it has been very well cleaned and if just left alone on the shelf it is perfect for display or any collection rare to find in the blue colour from the battlefield properly used by Luftwaffe but could have been used by and SS soldier just as easily late war re use.

    The tin was recovered from water either a lake,river or stream[the precise location is not being shared at the moment due to the request of the person who recovered the item] it is in the area of the municipality of Sochau near the town of Furstenfeld in Austria where on 12th May 1945 the German 5th SS Panzer  Division Wiking  along with the remnants of other German units surrendered to the Americans at the end of the war.If this item was used by the SS Wiking Division for 100% sure is not deferentially know because there were some other troops who were there as well shattered remnants of other units but properly more then likely about 95% that it was used by them as most of the troops there were 5th SS Panzer  Division Wiking. 

    German 5th SS Panzer  Division Wiking in Febuary 1944 the Wiking was the only armoured unit in the Cherkassy Pocket. The Wiking managed to break out of the pocket by cooperating with the 5th SS attack brigade Wallonien and the battalion Narwa, which were the attacking units. The division, which had suffered great losses and had only about one thousand men and no vehicles left after the battles, was sent to be reorganized. From July to December 1944 the division once again had rough battles in Poland, on the Vistula front. In August 1944 the division had 151 tanks and 19 attack cannons, but the attack still failed.

    In January 1945 the division was sent to Hungary, where it tried to break into the besieged Budapest. They fought and retreated at the same time from Stühlweissenburg to Fürstenfeld in Czech, where the division surrendered on May 12, 1945 in the Radstadt area.Below pictures are troops from the 5th SS Panzer  Division Wiking and there badge.

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    Panzergrenadiers of SS division Wiking in the battle for Kovel5th SS Panzer Division Wiking - Wikipedia