This is a rare to find German carry crate for Gewehr Sprenggrante 30 anti personnel rifle grenades in overall fairly nice condition but does have the broken and missing lid unfortunately but the rare maker marked also waffen stamped and dated 1943 on front not the side very unusual to find i have never seen one before. The box is complete other then that the wood is still solid but has broken and damaged in places and bit loose panels as well from use it still retains most of its original black painted colour finish and has some original white painted markings that can be seen nice and clear on the box on the lid on the side and on the front This box where the hinges have rusted solid but the lock still works but the remains of the lid does not open and close also missing its rope carry handle the box is a bit scuffed and marked from use but is wood worm free but there and no paper labels on the box inside or out the box is still very solid and has been nicely cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection. This crate along with other parts were taken from abandoned German vehicles after the war in the village of Mont which is just North of Houffalize all the vehicles belonged to the 116th Panzer Division. It was taken of the tank or vehicle properly in around 1946-1948 by a local farmer and was used on his farm for many years until it was found by a local collector who had them in his private collection until 2020 when it left the Ardennes area for the first time since the war. This is a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.This real bit of history from this famous battle which was Hitlers last offensive in the West.
The 116th Panzer Division, also known as the "Windhund (Greyhound) Division", was an armoured formation that was constituted in the Rhineland and Westphalia areas of western Germany in March 1944 from the remnants of the 16th Panzergrenadier Division, and the 179th Reserve Panzer Division. The 16th had suffered heavy casualties in combat on the Eastern Front near Stalingrad, and the 179th was a second-line formation that had been on occupation duty in France since 1943.
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