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  • German 75mm KwK 40 complete armoured piercing round fired by Panzer 4 tank of the 1st Panzer Army recovered from the mouth of the River Don area outside the City of Rostov on Don attacked by them in November- December 1941 South of Stalingrad

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    This is a German 75mm KwK 40 complete armoured piercing round fired by Panzer 4 tank   The shell has a armour piercing head and ballistic cap on the projectile it is in nice condition a bit better then relic there is no maker markings the projectile also retains a lot of its original colour but is pitted and goes in to the shell case easily. The case is steel made it is in relic but solid condition the case does have a few small rust holes and damage it has been very nicely cleaned on the bottom it is complete with its primer but has no marking readable the case is still fairly smooth to the touch but is pitted and rusty but is a nice condition relic which is perfect for display or any collection and is empty and inert. The shell was used by a tank of the 1st Panzer Army recovered from the mouth of the River Don area outside the City of Rostov on Don attacked by them in November- December 1941 South of Stalingrad. The shell comes with A5 laminated information sheet with pictures.

    The 1st Panzer Army was a German tank army that was a large, armoured formation of the Wehrmacht during World War II. When originally formed on 1 March 1940, the predecessor of the 1st Panzer Army was named Panzer Group Kleist (Panzergruppe Kleist) with Colonel General Ewald von Kleist in command.

    The German 1st Panzer Army advanced from Kiev, and encircled Soviet troops at Melitopol in October, then attacked east along the shore of the Sea of Azov toward Rostov at the mouth of the Don River, known as the gateway to the Caucasus. The assault of Rostov its self-began on 17 November, and on 21 November the Germans took the city. However, the German lines were over-extended, and Kleist's warnings that his left flank was vulnerable and that his tanks were ineffective in the freezing weather were ignored. On the 27th November the Russians launched a counter attack against the 1st Panzer Army's spearhead from the north, forcing them to pull out of the city. Adolf Hitler countermanded the retreat. When Rundstedt refused to obey, Hitler sacked him, and replaced him with Reichenau. However, Reichenau saw at once that Rundstedt was right and succeeded in persuading Hitler to withdrawal, and the 1st Panzer Army was forced back to the Mius river at Taganrog. It was the first significant German withdrawal of the war.

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