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  • German soldiers gas mask converted in to goggles,relic condition with original colours recovered from near Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the battle of the bulge 1944-1945

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    This is a German soldiers rubber gas mask that has been converted in to goggles looks like late war running out of equipment re used in desperation.The goggles are in relic but solid condition the rubber is not cracking or braking up at all it is missing one of its eyelets and back straps it is still covered in some dirt and muck from the recovery but a nice find from the battlefield in this condition.The goggles have been lightly cleaned and is in perfect condition for display or any collection it was recovered from the woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war. 

    The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centered on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armored units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

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