This is a aluminium made German soldiers wound badge in black medal it is in nice solid condition still retains a fair bit of its black painted finish with the swastika very clear to see on the front on the back not as clear to see and is complete with its pin that still works. The medal still has some dirt attached from the recovery but has been very nicely cleaned and is fantastic condition for a battlefield find and is perfect for display or any collection. The medal was recovered with other items from a small pit of buried German equipment 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.
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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