Large British troop made in the front lines sniper shield with lots of battle damage.This shield which has been very well cleaned still has some faint remains of paintwork is a crude make properly from parts laying around the area by the soldiers themselves when they need a shield and there was not one available. This shield is in relic but solid condition it is rusty but still as solid and as heavy as it was 100 years ago it has a large blast impact which has ripped away one corner this plate is a quarter on an inch thick armour the plate is 24 inches long by 15 inches wide it has s spikes to hold it in the ground.The sniper plate was recovered on or around The battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres.A very nice find from the famous Ypres battlefield and rare to get a German shell head in this condition from the battlefield.
Passchendaele is a small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.
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