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  • German soldiers grain sack with uniform remains sew on to make a blanket found in a house in the area of Priekule,Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division the battle in 1944-1945

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    This is a very are and pretty much one off find from the battlefield a German soldiers grain sack with uniform remains sew on to make a blanket.The sack is not complete and has no markings but the uniform patches are very clear to see they are remains of great coats and the army issue green jacket and its liner this must have been done by the soldiers themselves to help keep them warm in the winter on the Eastern front.The blanket/grain sack is in very solid condition not braking up or falling apart still retains a lot of original colour and is perfect for display or any collection and rare one for the collection.The blanket was found with other German items on the 7th December 2018 in the basement of a house near the town of Priekule in the Kurland pocket defended by the SS Nordland Division during the battle a nice relic from the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia the tin comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures of some of the found items the day they were recovered. A lovely piece of iconic battle history only found a couple of years ago from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front and used by the famous SS.

    The SS Nord Division from late October to December 1944 they fought fierce defensive battles in the Kurland Pocket in the area of Priekule where they were ready for a breakout to the South. The red Army had become aware of German intentions and were ready to stop it. On the 16th October 1944 when the ss led breakout began the Soviets stopped the German attack in which a very large battle was fought but the Germans were able to hold their positions. During the next Soviet advance, the Nordland Division stopped the Russians and again held the line with no Russian gain. On the 25th January 1945 the red army launched there 4th and largest attack to clear the Kurland Pocket with Priekule the focal point of the attack they manged to capture some German positions but with the help of the 14th Panzer division the Nordland Division launched at counter attack and were able to re take the positions from the Russians. At the end of January 1945, the Division was finally pulled from the frontline at Priekule and loaded on to ships and were evacuated to Pomerania.

    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. 


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