This is a German Wehrmacht used fuel can the famous Jerry can which is dated 1943 it is maker marked and battle damaged. The can which has large impact dents in the bottom and the side from the impact of the hit also has some dents and knocks from use and with a few small rust holes it has light surface rust all over but not any heavy thick rust the cap still opens and closes but does not lock due to being bent it is in overall but very nice condition and a very nice example of this famous fuel can battlefield found and more semi-relic then full relic which has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The fuel can was used by the 9th army recovered from near a lake south of Berlin in the area where they fought and surrendered to the Russians during the battle of Berlin in April of 1945. The fuel can comes with a A5 laminated information card.
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.
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