This is a German soldiers gas mask tin which is not complete and is in relic condition with battle damage impact holes and is in 2 parts with a side panel broken off . The tin which is very rusty with some impact holes clear bullet or shrapnel holes it has ripped and bent by an explosion also with a few small rust holes all over tin has bent and miss shaped by the impact damage from the battle it has no paintwork on the outside or inside and the lid is missing it is in nice solid condition not braking up or falling apart it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and rare to find with so much battle damage. The gas mask tin was recovered from Death Valley near Hill 112 the battle during operation Epsom in June 1944 on the Normandy battlefield. A nice relic from the Normandy battlefield.
The capture of Caen and Carpiquet at the same time was followed immediately by renewed attacks west of the city in order to capture the high ground between the Odon and the Orne, to encircle Caen from the south, and above all to continue to engage the main German force so it could not block an American breakout to the south. This time the attack was on a broader front with no fewer than six divisions: the 49th and 50th attacked south to Hottot, the 59th attacked south to Noyers, the 15th Scottish was to attack Evrecy, an objective of EPSOM, followed by the 53rd, and in the first attack the 43rd Division was to capture Hill 112 and Maltot on 10th July 1944.
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