This is a unusual find from the battlefield 2-BZ39 ignition fuses that sat in the top of the grenades both are empty and inert one is not complete the other is complete. The grenade fuses are not rust free but they retain a lot of there original colour but still with a little bit of dirt and muck attached they are very solid not braking up at all they have survived so well as they have been in a Lake bed in the silt which has help protect them a cracking condition pair of relics that have been very well cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection. The grenade fuses were recovered from a Lake South of Berlin in the area the 9th Army fought, surrendered in April 1945 during the battle of Berlin. A very rare find from the battlefield in this condition and a lovely piece of iconic battle history from the last days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin.
The Red Army crossed Germany's border on the 12th January 1945 and forced the 9th Army to retreat all along the front until it was deployed westward to the river Oder. Three of the 9th Army's formations were tasked with defending the Seelow Heights, which was the last defensible region before Berlin. In total the 9th Army was reduced to 100,000 men and 800 tanks and assault guns against which the Soviets had over 1,000,000 men and 10,000 tanks and assault guns.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights started on 16 April 1945 when Marshal Georgy Zhukov’s 1st Belorussian Front attacked across the Oder. The 9th Army held the line for about 3 days. After heavy fighting the 9th Army were driven back towards Berlin split in two with bulk of the forces under the command of Theodor Busse. This large part of the 9th Army were driven into a pocket in the Spree Forest south of the Seelow Heights and west of Frankfurt.
From inside the pocket east of Frankfurt Busse attempted a breakout to the west to join up with the 12th Army. The breakout, known as the Battle of Halbe, resulted in the destruction of the Ninth Army as a coherent force. Troops that were not captured by the Soviets crossed the Elbe at Tangermunde and surrendered to the US Army.
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