This is a large oxygen bottle which is near complete but does have damage from the impact of the crash.The bottle has a hole ripped one side and brass fitting on the top has bent over but other the that the bottle is very solid it has part numbers on the brass fitting also has Russian maker markings and number partly readable on the side of bottle which also has red paint work still on it clear to see the bottle has been nicely cleaned would clean up more with effort it is in very nice condition perfect for display or any collection and this a heavy bottle and is 16 inches long and 6 inches wide.This bottle was recovered from Russian il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft shot down during the siege of Danzig in March 1945 and is a very nice relic from the air war over the Eastern Front in the last days of the Reich.And comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with pictures.
The plane crashed in to a forest west of the city of Danzig modern day Gdansk and was recovered some years ago. The Russian East Pomeranian Offensive started in February 1945 eventually Russian General Rokossovsky opened his final offensive on 15 March 1945; the main thrust, toward the coast at Zoppot between Gdingen and Danzig, being undertaken by the 70th and 49th Army advancing in parallel. The fighting was savage, but by 19 March 1945 the Soviet spearheads had reached the heights over Zoppot, while the 4th Panzer Division had been pushed back to the outskirts of Danzig itself. By 22 March 1945, the 70th Army reached the sea.Danzig finally fell on 30 March 1945, after which the remnants of the 2nd Army withdrew to the Vistula delta southeast of the city. According to Soviet claims, in the Battle of Danzig the Germans lost 39,000 soldiers dead and 10,000 captured.
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