This is a German made 76.2mm shell head which was made to fire in captured Russian M1942 artillery gun this was then mounted on to Marder 2 self propelled gun.This shell is in fantastic condition no real rust still very solid and heavy does have some light pitting and the driving bands are nice and clean the head is empty and completely inert and a rare find from the battlefield .The shell head was recovered in 2016 from Festung Kolberg battlefield of 1945 which was in Germany then but now modern day Poland.This case comes with a laminated 5x7 information sheet with information and photos. A very nice rare relic from this battle on the Eastern front during the last days of the Reich.
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The Battle off Festung Kolberg was the taking of the city of Kolberg in German Pomerania by the Soviet Army and its Polish allies from Nazi German forces during the World War II during the East Pomeranian Offensive. Between March 4th and March 18th 1945, there was major urban fighting of the Soviet and Polish forces against the German army for the control over the city. The Germans succeeded in evacuating much of their military personnel and refugees from the city via sea before it was taken by the Poles on March 18th. Over 80% of the city was destroyed in the heavy fighting. The battle was among the most intense city fights the Polish army took part in. Polish casualties were estimated at 1,206 dead and missing, and 3,000 wounded.