This is a German machine gun magazine for the Czech ZB vz 26 used by the Wehrmacht it is in semi-relic condition fantastic condition for a recovered relic.This magazine totally complete with its insides and still with a lot of its original black paintwork it does have some surface rust but is very solid and not braking up or crumbling it has no rust holes at all it is still a very solid relic and very rare to get in such nice condition from the battlefield.The magazine which is empty of all ammunition but is complete with its insides.The gun was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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