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  • German Panzerfaust anti-tank war head launch cup with the launch instructions and diagram recovered from the Bourguebus Ridge,Operation Goodwood 18-21 July 1944,Normandy

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    This is a rare find from the battlefield in this condition a German Panzerfaust anti-tank war head launch cup.The part which still has a lot of clear to see the instructions and the diagram on the label still partly there you can make it out in places what it says i have never found this before on one of these recovered from the battlefield.On the inside of the cup it has a lot of the original black paintwork it has been very well cleaned with a lot of original colour it has rusty away in places and is rusty but still very solid not braking up at all and is perfect for display or any collection.The panzerfaust cup was recovered from the area of the Bourguebus ridge captured by the British and Canadians during Operation Goodwood the battle was fought on the 18-21 July 1944 in Normandy.This item comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    On the 18th of July tanks of the British 8th Corps were stopped in there advance onto the Bourguébus Ridge by the 1st SS Panzer Division, the commander of the 2nd British Army, General Dempsey, ordered the Canadians to take the village of Bras which lays in front of the ridge. The order came late in the afternoon on July 19th also that day all three armoured divisions continued to fight their way forward towards the Bourguébus Ridge despite heavy opposition, taking Bras, Hubert-Folie and Soliers. The 11th Armoured Division lost 65 more tanks. The Germans remained in possession of Bourguébus itself, La Hogue and Frenouville. The 3rd British Division, on the front of the 1st Corps, was stopped short of Troarn.On the 20th July saw Bourguébus and Frenouville fall to the 8th Corps before operations ground to a halt as the Germans dug in but the Ridge was finally taken and cleared of all Germans on the 21st July with the Germans falling back to there next defensive line.

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