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  • Russian soldiers M36 pattern aluminium mess tin with scratched on name belonging to a soldier of the 3rd Shock Army recovered near Pankow in North Berlin captured on 23rd April 1945 during the Battle for the city in the last days of the War

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    This is a unusual to find from the battlefield Russian M36 pattern mess tin these were not issued in the numbers that the standard round tins were so hense does not come up very often. This tin with Russian soldiers name scratched on to it very clear to see with that classic Russian style. The tin is in nice solid condition with no holes and it has no carry handle apart from one little bit the tin has ripped and bent it still retains a lot of its original colour and some of the original green paintwork can be seen very clear it is in relic but solid condition but overall very good, nice condition for a recovered battlefield find nicely cleaned and perfect for display or any collection. The mess tin was recovered from a pit of buried Russian equipment cleared after the battle in the area of Wandlitz which is north of the district of Pankow which is in North Berlin captured by the Russian 3rd Shock Army on there way to capturing Pankow its self on the 23rd April 1945 during the Battle for the city in the last days of the War and of the Reich.

    The 3rd Army took Pankow, a suburb of Berlin, on 23 April 1945. A week later, two regiments of the 150th Rifle Division, 79th Rifle Corps in the 3rd shock army were responsible for erecting flags over the Reichstag on 30 April 1945, one of which was known as the victory banner.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. 

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