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  • Very rare Czechoslovakian made re used by the German Army brass 100mm shell case with all its markings dated 1936 recovered on the Sevastopol battlefield in the Crimea 1941- 1942

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    This is a Very rare Czechoslovakian made re used by the German Army brass 100mm shell case with all its markings dated 1936 on the bottom of the case all clear to see. The case is in lovely condition for a brass case it has partly discoloured but nothing to bad at all it has a bit of damage around the neck but again nothing to bad it retains a lot of original colour it has been very nicely cleaned perfect to display or any collection. The shell case was recovered from Sevastopol the battlefield in the Crimea 1941- 1942 in Russia.

    In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defences and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.

    Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege. Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.

    The Peninsula: The Crimea at War | The National WWII Museum | New Orleans