This is German soldiers gas mask tin which has some of its original green paintwork but also has some surface rust from being buried or left in the elements for many years the inside still smells of oil and has dried oil inside it.The tin is empty other then the oil in it the tin has been re used as a oil tin on a Artillery gun.The tin is dated 1938 with maker marking on the inside on spare gas eyelets box cover not that clear to see on the outside it has a few dents and a couple of small holes from wear and tear use.The lid this opens and closes and locks and has the locking catch that works perfectly with no cloth pull cord the tin is in nice solid condition perfect for display or any collection.This is a nice well used battlefield recovered example of this famous tin used on the Artillery instead of carrying a mask it has been recovered from Kurland Pocket the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front.
The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.
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