This is a nice pair of German relics which are one aluminium made with original black paintwork and one brass made candle holders issued to German troops as standard use in the trenches and dugouts.The holders both still retain there original colours but the brass one the brass is dirty and the case is damaged they have no candle left in them but the black painted one has some chalk inside it they are in very solid condition and have been nicely cleaned and have only survived this well as they have been in a chalk lined bunker for 100 years.The candle holders were recovered in a old French dugout from the area of the Thiaumont Redoubt,west of Fort Douaumont the June-October 1916 battlefield in Verdun.
On the 12th June 1916, this entrenched French position was a part of the terrain forming a salient west of Fort Douaumont, known as the "Thiaumont Redoubt".The Germans, planned to capture this location prior to launching their main offensive on the 23rd June 1916. The Germans captured the redoubt eventually after many weeks of fighting and massive casualties on both sides. On the 19th August they finally cleared the redoubt of all French soldiers then they fortified it and it was on the 24th October 1916 that it was finally re taken again by the French Army.
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