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  • Rare German steel made shell case 8.8cm KwK36, L/56 with C/22 electric primer fired by Tiger tank of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer division part of the 5th Panzer Army recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf

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    This is a very rare find from the battlefield German Tiger 1 tank fired 8.8cm KwK36,L56 steel shell case which has the C/22 electric primer only 88 cases fired by the Tiger tank had these. The shell case which is in relic condition but nice on the inside still retains some of its original colour inside the case is very solid for a relic and is complete it does not have any large rust holes at all but it does have some damage around the top neck and a few small rust holes also has some very small remains of its original brass wash still on it not very clear to see. The markings on the bottom of the case can not be seen this case is a very unusual and rare to find from the battlefield anyway but in this nice condition especially the inside an absolute cracking find from the battlefield. The shell case comes from German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield. The relic comes with 2XA5 laminated information cards with pictures.

    The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.

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     German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 knocked out in Elsdorf


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