This is a German soldiers gas mask tin used as a grease tin on a Artillery gun with a small amount of its original green paintwork fairly clear to see .The gas mask tin is missing its lid and has bent around the top and it still has lots of grease remains clear to see and smell inside the tin unusual to find a tin that has been used for this purpose.The tin is in relic condition but very nice relic condition with some surface rust on the outside and inside it is in very solid condition with no rust holes it does still have some dirt and muck attached but not much and it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The tin was recovered from Sevastopol the battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in East.
In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defenses and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.
Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege.Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.
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