This is a very nice and hard to find in this condition recovered German Anti Tank Tellermine 42. This is the top section but no bottom plate but still complete with its pressure plate which does still move and the very rare bit a lot of original dark green colour paintwork all over very clear to see in places.The mine is completely empty and inert it is missing its carry handle and has rust damage missing part of the side wall it is rusty but solid and with a few rust holes as well it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for any display or collection a real cracking example of this very famous mine and very hard to find from the battlefield in this good a condition and with so much original paintwork.The Tellermine was recovered from site of a surrender pit dug by Allies after the German 1st parachute army surrendered near Hamburg from the battle that was fought and were large numbers of them surrendered in April - May 1945 in last days of the Reich in Germany.The mine comes with a A5 laminated information card with photograph.
The Battle of Hamburg was one of the last battles during the war where the remaining troops of the German 1st parachute Army fought the British 8th Army for the control of Hamburg fought between 18 April and 3 May 1945. The 12th SS Regiment defended the outskirts of the city and then the British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army. By this time the 1st Parachute Army were a mix of SS, paratroopers, Valkssturm, along with regular Wehrmacht soldiers, supported by sailors, police, firemen and Hitler Youth. Other German units in the area including a tank destroyer battalion, a Hungarian SS unit and many panzerfaust anti-tank troops were still located in the woods south of Hamburg. British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army and finally captured the city and a lot of its defenders on the 3rd May 1945.
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German soldiers of the 1st parachute Army in May 1945