German soldier of the 4th Panzer Army army long handle barbed wire cutters which has rusted solid and the handles have bent in the middle possibly a impact hit that has bent them. The wire cutters are in relic but still very solid condition also still have the remains of the handle covers but some of the covers are missing they do not work due to the rust but with more cleaning might work again they have some dirt and muck om on them still from the recovery but they have been lightly cleaned and are very solid not braking up at all and are perfect for display or any collection. The cutters were recovered from on the Dom river the area from the battles of November- December 1942 outside Stalingrad in Russia.
The 4th Panzer Army which had in it units which included the 14th and 24th panzer Divisions and 92nd infantry Division was under the command of General Hermann Hoth it guarded the outside perimeter of Stalingrad while the 6th Army was engaged in the battle to capture the city. For over two months, the 6th Army was embroiled in vicious fighting in the city; though it was able to take over 90% of the city, it was unable to destroy the last pockets of resistance. On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched operation Uranus, a counter-offensive which encircled of the entire 6th Army the 4th Paer was fighting Russian forces outside the city during the whole of November and December and tried and failed to break the encirclement of Stalingrad in Operation winter storm in December 1942.
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