Gun breach handle from German 10.5cm LEFH 18 howitzer.The handle looks complete it is in relic condition rusty but solid the hand grip has a number stamped on it overall the handle is a heavy lump of gun that has been well cleaned and is perfect for display or a rare bit for any collection.The handle was recovered from the area of the Town of Wolomin which was the largest Tank battle in Poland fought from the 1st until the 10th August 1944 as part of the Russian offensive on Warsaw.The item comes with a A5 laminated information cards with map and photo.This is a very rare find from this large Eastern front battle.
After crossing into Poland, the Red Army's 1st Byelorussian Front continued its advance towards Warsaw. The 65th Army (12 divisions) together with the attached 1st Guards Tank Corps, was to advance towards the town of Serock and then outflank Warsaw from the north. After the Russian reconnaissance units reached Warsaw in late July, on 1 August 1944 the Warsaw Uprising started. The 3rd Tank Corps (part of the Soviet Second Tank Army) thrust northwest through Okuniew and Wołomin to Radzymin. In response to this thrust, the Germans started a tactical counter-attack near Radzymin on 31 July. The offensive, carried out by 4 understrength Panzer divisions, was to secure the eastern approaches to Warsaw and Vistula crossings, and aimed to destroy the three-tank corps of the Second Tank Army in detail. Under the leadership of German Field Marshal Model, the 4th, 19th, Hermann Goring, and 5th SS Panzer Division were concentrated from different areas with their arrival in the area of Wołomin occurring between 31 July and 1 August 1944. Although the 3rd Tank Corps gamely defended the initial assaults of the Hermann Göring and 19th Panzer Divisions, the arrival of the 4th Panzer and 5th SS Panzer Divisions spelled doom for the isolated and outnumbered unit. Attempts to reach the doomed tank corps by the 8th Guards Tank Corps and the 16th Tank Corps failed, with the 8th Guards Tank Corps taking serious losses in the attempt further combat lasted until 10 August, when the Germans finally withdrew. Soviet losses were heavy near the town of Radzymin in the vicinity of Warsaw, part of which entailed a large tank battle at Wolomin. It was the largest tank battle on the territories of Poland during World War II. Below Stug 3 in Warsaw during the uprising and map of the battle.