This is a German steel shell case for the 7.5 cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36 mountain gun with super clear markings on the base dated 1939 and waffen stamped all of its original markings clear to see wiith the primer dated 1944.It is in great condition and cleaned ready for display.The case was found on a local fair in Ancona on the Gothic Line in Italy 1944 campaign.The case has been in a private collection for many years now available so very rare to find in this condition a real one off.
The Ancona area was where the Canadian 1st and 5th infantry divisions were, and they were part of the famous 8th Army which were attacking the Gothic line from August 1944.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in Jun 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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