This is a German soldiers gas mask in its tin which is not complete and has battle damage which is in as found condition it has not been cleaned at all.The tin which has its lid but ripped off it the lid has some small amount of green paint remains the tin its self is not complete but has clear to see impact holes and damage properly from shrapnel hits the tin still has a lot of dirt and muck attached it is rusty and in relic condition but still solid condition not braking up the mask inside is not complete but has never been taken out the tin so the exact condition is not known but the whole thing is perfect for display and a rare one for any collection.The gas mask in its tin was recovered on the 18th November 2019 from the site of Destroyed German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield.The tin comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.