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  • German MG 34 OR 42 machine gun ammunition tin with ammo belts remains all in as found condition recovered in March 2020 from old German bunker from the area of Priekule,Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division the battle in 1944-1945

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    This is a pretty much as found German MG 34 OR 42  machine gun ammunition box with the remains of the belts and bullets that were found inside which are all in relic condition but very solid condition.The box which is still covered in dirt and muck from the recovery the lid still opens and closes but does not lock it does have a hole cut in one side this was done to be able to empty the box of its contents and not brake the lid it still has its carry handle as well.There is a large amount of ammunition belt and some remains empty cases and loose bullet heads still there again all covered in mud still from the recovery it has only been very lightly cleaned after the recovery and is perfect for display or any collection and rare to get a ammunition with some of its original contents.This ammunition box was found complete with belts and bullets still in place but was all de activated and sorted out by a local ordinance expert.The box was recovered in March 2020 in the area of Priekule in the Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division during the battle a nice relic from the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia the tin comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture. A lovely piece of iconic battle history only found this year from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front and used by the famous SS.

    The SS Nord Division from late October to December 1944 they fought fierce defensive battles in the Kurland Pocket in the area of Priekule where they were ready for a breakout to the South. The red Army had become aware of German intentions and were ready to stop it. On the 16th October 1944 when the ss led breakout began the Soviets stopped the German attack in which a very large battle was fought but the Germans were able to hold their positions. During the next Soviet advance, the Nordland Division stopped the Russians and again held the line with no Russian gain. On the 25th January 1945 the red army launched there 4th and largest attack to clear the Kurland Pocket with Priekule the focal point of the attack they manged to capture some German positions but with the help of the 14th Panzer division the Nordland Division launched at counter attack and were able to re take the positions from the Russians. At the end of January 1945, the Division was finally pulled from the frontline at Priekule and loaded on to ships and were evacuated to Pomerania.

    The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. 


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