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This is a unusual hard to find German ammunition crate that held 1 case and 2 extra charges for 15cm Kanone with paper labels last packed 1942 only 100 of these guns were ever made this is a very large box. The box is in well used condition the wood still retains all of its original brown stain finish with oil marks and dirt on it in different places also has broken and damaged wood in places but still very solid not braking up and has had no woodworm but the box still has lots of original war time stamped white ink markings on the lid and sides all fairly clear to read also has a paper labels at one end with readable markings and dated 1942.On the inside again paper label the box was last packed in 1942 both hinges in nice condition but the wood has broken around one of them so is loose also the locks don't work the lid still opens and closes but properly due to the broken hinge and it has its metal carry handle on one end but the other end is missing. What is even more unusual is this box has metal mounting bars attached to the bottom so has been used as a storage box of some sort properly mounted to tank or armoured vehicle but either way a very nice example of this very rare to find ammunition crate. The crate was recovered in the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield and comes with an A5 laminated information card.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow. German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.