This is a German soldiers G98 rifle missing its wood but is complete with its bolt still in place but missing its trigger section.The rifle is rusty and in relic but solid condition it has been cleaned and over painted with black coloured varnish to help protect it unusual to find in such nice condition after 100 years from the battlefield.The rifle was recovered near Delville Woods in the village of Longueval on the July 1916 Somme battlefield. A very nice and rare relic from the famous Somme battlefield.
Delville Wood was a tract of woodland, nearly 1 kilometre square, the western edge of which touched the village of Longueval in the Somme. On 14 July 1916 the greater part of Longueval village was taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division and on the 15th, the South African Brigade of that Division captured most of Delville Wood. The wood now formed a salient in the line, with Waterlot Farm and Mons Wood on the south flank still in German hands, and, owing to the height of the trees, no close artillery support was possible for defence.
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