This is a pair of Captured Italian M30 mess tin lids used by the German Army all still with a lot of original black paint work on one the other has brown camouflage paintwork with a scratched name remains on it as well the paintwork is all over but the lids have bent and miss shaped a little bit but would properly go back on to a tin. The lids is in nice solid condition with no holes and still with there front clips they still retain lots of there original colour they are in semi- relic but solid condition but overall very good, nice condition for recovered battlefield finds nicely cleaned and perfect for display or any collection. The mess tin lids were recovered from the forest outside of the town of Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border the area was attacked and captured by the German 5th Parachute Division on 16-18th December 1944 during the German offensive in the Ardennes Forest the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. A very nice and unusual relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.
German 5th Parachute Division was a fallschirmjager (paratroop) division in the German Luftwaffe it was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke and was the last division to receive near full fallschirmjäger training. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.For the Ardennes offensive it was in the German 7th Army part of the 85th infantry Division attacking on the southern flank of the attack towards Luxembourg.
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