This is a Rare pre war Reichswehr/Wehrmacht 1934 pattern soldiers shovel head used by Fallschirmjager soldier of German 5th Parachute Division which is in nice condition for a relic. The head which is missing its wooden handle is in very nice solid condition it has cleaned up well it is a bit pitted and rusty from being buried but is a nice example and is perfect for display or any collection and unusual pattern shovel to get being the early pre war type. This shovel head was
recovered 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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