This is a German MG 34/42 ammunition tin used by the 4th Panzer Army with a small amount of original white paintwork very clear to see the famous snow camouflage. The tin is in relic condition with lots of rust and rust damage on the outside and on the inside but still has a bit of white original paintwork clear to see on the front of the lid which is the rare bit. The tin is in very solid condition with a few rust holes but not many the lid still opens , closes but does not lock as it is broken and rusted solid it still has its original metal carry handle which has rusted solid and both its smaller side handles again both rusted solid but there is no date or maker stamp to be seen. The box has dents on the lid possibly an impact hit it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The ammunition tin were recovered from on the Dom river the area from the battles of November- December 1942 outside Stalingrad in Russia. The box comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with pictures.
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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