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This is a nice find from the battlefield a Russian F1 hand grenade very nice condition relic which has a transport fuse screwed back in to it this was not found on the seelow heights this has been added for display reasons. This grenade is the outer casing only which is empty and inert the metal case has no holes only some surface rust and pitting it has been nicely cleaned and has been over painted black to help preserve it and maker it look a better display bit it is perfect for display or any collection. The grenade was recovered from the battlefield on the Seelow Heights in 1945 the opening battle for Berlin.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin. The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.