This is a German Maxi Machine gun spanner this spanner was only used on the machine gun.The spanner is in nice solid condition it is in very nice condition with only some light pitting and very rare to find this spanner in such good condition from the battlefield.The spanner came from a Farm near Liege which was the scene of fighting in 1914 during the German invasion of Belgium.
The Battle of Liège was the opening engagement of the German invasion of Belgium and the first battle of World War I. The attack on Liège city began on 5 August 1914 and lasted until 16 August, when the last fort surrendered. The length of the siege of Liège may have delayed the German invasion of France by 4–5 days. Railways needed by the German armies in eastern Belgium were closed for the duration of the siege and German troops did not appear in strength before Namur until 20 August.
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German troops at Liege in Belgium in 1914