This is a very rare find from the battlefield a German soldiers gas mask mouth peace from one of the first pattern gas masks of which there is so little about.The peace is solid and is not braking up or crumbling but does still have some original black paintwork it is dirty and in as found condition could be cleaned up if you wanted to so very rare to get one of these from the battlefield in this good a condition.The gas mask part was recovered in 2016 from Regina trench defensive position near the village of Courcelette the October 1916 battlefield on the Somme.This is a fantastic condition relic recovered 3 years ago on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916.
Regina Trench (Staufen Riegel) was a German Trench dug along the north-facing slope of a ridge running from north-west of the village of Le Sars south-westwards to Stuff Redoubt (Staufenfeste), close to the German fortifications at Thiepval on the Somme battlefield. It was the longest such trench on the German front during the First world war. Attacked several times by the Canadian Corps during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, the 5th Canadian corps briefly controlled a section of the trench on 1 October but was repulsed by counter-attacks of the German Marine Brigade (equivalent to an army division), which had been brought from the Belgian coast. An attack on 8 October, by the 1st Canadian Division and the 3rd Canadian Division on Regina Trench also failed.On 21 October, the 4th Canadian Division attacked the western portion of Regina Trench, as the 18th Division, 25th Division and the 39th Division of II Corps, attacked the part further west (known as Stuff Trench to the British). The Canadians met little opposition and gained the objective, as the II Corps divisions captured Stuff Trench in thirty minutes, giving the British control of the Thiepval Ridge. Three counter-attacks were repulsed by the Canadians and by 22 October, more than a thousand Germans had been taken prisoner. The east end of the trench was captured by the 4th Canadian Division during the night of 10/11 November.
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the soldier on the left with this pattern gas mask