This is a German steel shell case 7.5cm KwK42 fired by Panther Tank it looks like it has been partly crushed by the tank after the case was ejected from the tank after being fired as it has the large impact bent down one side. The case is rusty but solid and is in relic condition it does have some rust holes and some cracks and damage in the top neck but it is very solid and is not braking up or falling apart the case has none of the original markings that can be seen on the bottom it is overall very nicely cleaned a solid relic perfect for display or any collection and getting harder to find especially so solid still from the battlefield.The shell case was recovered from the site of German Panther Tank of the 11th Panzer Division destroyed in the Belfort Gap the battle in the Vosges Mountains on the French - German border the battle in 1944-1945.The relic comes with A5 laminated information card with pictures.
German resistance was spotty in September 1944, but rapidly coalesced in front of the Belfort Gap, a corridor of relatively flat terrain that lies between the Vosges and Jura mountains on the Swiss frontier, and a gateway to the Rhine river. The advance of the French 1st Army Corps was slowed in front of the Belfort Gap by the German 11th panzer Division which dug in defended the gap. This Panther tank was destroyed during that fighting in October 1944 until January 1945. In three months of savage fighting, the U.S. Seventh Army finally took the Mountains but at a large cost. Around the area of the Belfort Gap. With the toughest terrain on the Western Front, the Vosges mountain range was seemingly an impregnable fortress, manned by German Gebirgsjager mountain troops determined to hold the last barrier between the Allies and the Rhine. Yet despite nearly constant rain, snow, ice, and mud, soldiers of the U.S. Seventh Army tore through thousands of pillboxes, acres of barbed wire, hundreds of roadblocks, and miles of other enemy obstacles, ripping the tenacious German defenders out of their fortifications in fierce fighting–and then held on to their gains by crushing Operation Nordwind, the German offensive launched in a hail of steel at an hour before midnight on the last New Year’s Eve of the war.
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