This is a rare find in this condition from the battlefield a German near complete War Merit cross with swords medal in bronze which is missing its ribbon the medal is in relic condition but very good relic not completely rusted. The medal is very solid and has been cleaned very nicely the markings on this badge are still very visible and retains a lot of its original brass colour it does have a bit of damage to the edges from being buried but nothing to much it is a lovely example of this very hard to find battlefield recovered badge which perfect for display or any collection. The medal was recovered from a German bunker in The Demyansk Pocket in Russia the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from the this most famous battle on the Eastern Front.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
Troops fighting in the Demyansk Pocket and SS Totenkopf Division troops fighting in Russia
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