This is a German 20mm Flak 30/38 Anti-Aircraft gun magazine which is empty of any ammunition does have its centre spring it is in nice solid condition it has cleaned up very well some of the original markings can be seen it does have a impact holes in the bottom corner and a few rust holes on one edge it is in overall semi relic condition it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.This magazine was recovered from The Zeelow Heights near Berlin in Germany the 1945 battlefield the opening battle to take the City.This item comes with a laminated A5 information sheet.A very nice relic from one of the very last battles on the Eastern Front.
The magazine was recovered on the Seelow Heights battlefield. The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
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