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  • French Army crate used by the German army a ammunition wooden crate dated 1923 for artillery gun fuses maker marked solid crate with some damage used by 116th Panzer Division recovered from near Houffalize in the Ardennes forest,1944-1945

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    This is a French Army crate that was captured and re used by the German army it is a ammunition wooden crate that is dated 1923 and for carrying artillery gun fuses.The box is maker marked on the side and is very clear to see. The box is in very nice condition with its original black stamped markings both metal hinges in nice condition and work also the lock again works perfectly but does not have its cloth or wooden carry handles the lid still opens and closes perfectly. The box still retains its lovely brown colour it has some damage but is still solid not braking up or falling apart the box still has some small amount of wood worm which has been treated it has been nicely cleaned to show the markings and is perfect for display or any collection and rare to get a captured and re used German crate and comes with A5 laminated information card. The crate along with other parts were taken from abandoned German vehicles after the war in the village of Mont which is just North of Houffalize all the vehicles belonged to the 116th Panzer Division. It was taken of the tank or vehicle properly in around 1946-1948 by a local farmer and was used on his farm for many years until it was found by a local collector who had them in his private collection until 2020 when it left the Ardennes area for the first time since the war. This is a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.This real bit of history from this famous battle which was Hitlers last offensive in the West.

    The 116th Panzer Division, also known as the "Windhund (Greyhound) Division", was an armoured formation that was constituted in the Rhineland and Westphalia areas of western Germany in March 1944 from the remnants of the 16th Panzergrenadier Division, and the 179th Reserve Panzer Division. The 16th had suffered heavy casualties in combat on the Eastern Front near Stalingrad, and the 179th was a second-line formation that had been on occupation duty in France since 1943.


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