This is a VERY RARE to find German Anti Tank Tellermine 35 [stahl] for use in sand this is the top section only no bottom plate but still complete with its pressure plate.The mine is completely empty and inert it is missing its carry handle it very rusty but solid and with no rust holes at all and some small amount of original paintwork it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for any display or collection a real cracking example of this very famous mine and the hardest type to get.The Tellermine has been recovered the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgium border this was the scene of a massive battle from September to December 1944 with the Germans trying to stop the American advance in to Germany.The comes with a laminated A5 information card with picture.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic.
The Tellermine 35 which was first introduced in 1935 is a metal mine with a pressure plate containing little more than 5.5 kilograms of TNT and a fuze activation pressure of approximately 200 lb (91 kg), the Teller mine was capable of blasting the tracks off any World War II-era tank or destroying a lightly armoured vehicle. Because of its rather high operating pressure, only a vehicle or heavy object passing over the Teller mine would set it off. this mine was widely used by the German armed forces throughout the Second World War and especially during the Battle of Normandy. Tellermine 35 is also used along the Atlantic Wall, attached to wooden piles located on beaches or at the back of the coastline to prohibit the landing of allied gliders. Two detonators can be installed to prevent bearing. This version designed specifically for the desert is produced (Tellermine 35 S) or Stahl, equipped with a filter preventing sand from engulfing inside the metal structure.
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