This is a German mg34/42 spare barrel holder which is a lovely condition relic with sand camouflage remains very clear to see.The holder which still has its lock but does not work the case is overall in very nice condition with surface rust but does not have any rust holes it does have some knocks and dents from use on the inside it retains some of its original paintwork as well the hinges work fine and the case opens and closes perfectly the case has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The case was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona on the Gothic Line in Italy 1944 campaign.A very nice and rare relic from the Desert war in North Africa possibly used by the Afrikakorps in North Africa and then re used in Italy.
The case was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona in the area where the Canadian 1st and 5th infantry divisions were, and they were part of the famous 8th Army which were attacking the Gothic line from August 1944.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in Jun 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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