This is a German K98 rifle metal work no wood at all it but is complete with its trigger section which is missing part of the guard it has no bolt and is empty of all ammunition but the internal bullet tray and outer case are there. The rifle is deactivated by condition obviously plain to see also the barrel is blocked in side as well and no moving parts other then the range site which moves up and down all the other parts have all completely rusted solid and broken in some places. The rifle is in nice condition for a relic rusty the end metal grip which held the wood on to the barrel is there but up side down and not attached is the butt plate found in the hole were the wood had rotted away it has been very nicely cleaned and is in very solid condition and a nice one for the collection perfect for display. The rifle was recovered from the forest outside of the town of Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border the area was attacked and captured by the German 5th Parachute Division on 16-18th December 1944 during the German offensive in the Ardennes Forest the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. A very nice and unusual relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war. The rifle comes with a A5 laminated information card.
German 5th Parachute Division was a fallschirmjager (paratroop) division in the German Luftwaffe it was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke and was the last division to receive near full fallschirmjäger training. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.For the Ardennes offensive it was in the German 7th Army part of the 85th infantry Division attacking on the southern flank of the attack towards Luxembourg.
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