This is a German cooking stove near complete it is in 2 parts the top cover comes away from the bottom base and bucket.The stove is in relic condition rusty but still solid and not braking up it still has its metal grill at the bottom some of the outer case is missing but still has its top cooking door which does move and its carry handle also in some places it still has some original paintwork this is rare find from the battlefield and is perfect to display or for any collection.The stove was recovered in 2016 from Regina trench defensive position near the village of Courcelette the October 1916 battlefield on the Somme.This is a fantastic condition relic recovered 3 years ago on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916.The stove comes with a A5 laminated information card.
Regina Trench (Staufen Riegel) was a German Trench dug along the north-facing slope of a ridge running from north-west of the village of Le Sars south-westwards to Stuff Redoubt (Staufenfeste), close to the German fortifications at Thiepval on the Somme battlefield. It was the longest such trench on the German front during the First world war. Attacked several times by the Canadian Corps during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, the 5th Canadian corps briefly controlled a section of the trench on 1 October but was repulsed by counter-attacks of the German Marine Brigade (equivalent to an army division), which had been brought from the Belgian coast. An attack on 8 October, by the 1st Canadian Division and the 3rd Canadian Division on Regina Trench also failed.On 21 October, the 4th Canadian Division attacked the western portion of Regina Trench, as the 18th Division, 25th Division and the 39th Division of II Corps, attacked the part further west (known as Stuff Trench to the British). The Canadians met little opposition and gained the objective, as the II Corps divisions captured Stuff Trench in thirty minutes, giving the British control of the Thiepval Ridge. Three counter-attacks were repulsed by the Canadians and by 22 October, more than a thousand Germans had been taken prisoner. The east end of the trench was captured by the 4th Canadian Division during the night of 10/11 November.
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