This is a German soldiers gas mask tin with most of its original gray paintwork very clear to see and has the soldiers number white painted on the top of the tin.The gas mask tin is missing its lid and has bent around the top as well looks like it has been hit at some point which ripped the lid off.The tin is in relic condition but very nice relic condition with some surface rust but not much on the outside and inside it still has most of its original gray paintwork very clear to see.The tin is in very solid condition with a few rust holes the painted numbers on the side of the tin and on the bottom are fairly clear to see 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 and a cracking condition a rare to find battlefield recovered SS relic.
The tin was recovered from water either a lake,river or stream[the precise location is not being shared at the moment due to the request of the person who recovered the item] it is in the area of the municipality of Sochau near the town of Furstenfeld in Austria where on 12th May 1945 the German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking along with the remnants of other German units surrendered to the Americans at the end of the war.If this item was used by the SS Wiking Division for 100% sure is not deferentially know because there were some other troops who were there as well shattered remnants of other units but properly more then likely about 95% that it was used by them as most of the troops there were 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.
German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking in Febuary 1944 the Wiking was the only armoured unit in the Cherkassy Pocket. The Wiking managed to break out of the pocket by cooperating with the 5th SS attack brigade Wallonien and the battalion Narwa, which were the attacking units. The division, which had suffered great losses and had only about one thousand men and no vehicles left after the battles, was sent to be reorganized. From July to December 1944 the division once again had rough battles in Poland, on the Vistula front. In August 1944 the division had 151 tanks and 19 attack cannons, but the attack still failed.
In January 1945 the division was sent to Hungary, where it tried to break into the besieged Budapest. They fought and retreated at the same time from Stühlweissenburg to Fürstenfeld in Czech, where the division surrendered on May 12, 1945 in the Radstadt area.Below pictures are troops from the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking and there badge.
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