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This is a fantastically rare condition German anti-tank Tellermine 43 still with most of its original colour and with sand camouflage paintwork and black stamped markings on the top very clear to see and on the side it is maker stamp with date 14th January 1944 overall fantastic condition. This is the top section complete with its bottom plate this also most of its sand paintwork and is maker stamped dated 1943 and the very rare bit is the condition the centre fuse would screw back in very easily and still has pretty much all of its original yellow sand colour paintwork pretty much all over and very clear to see. The mine is completely empty and inert and is complete with its carry handle it is very lightly rusty in places but with no real rust damage or holes and the very rare bit most of its originally aluminium colour it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for any display or collection a real cracking example of this very famous mine and very hard to find in fact near impossible to find from the battlefield in this good a condition. The Tellermine was used by the German 20th Mountain Army Gebirgsjager recovered from a lake on the battlefield in Finnmark in Northern Norway liberated by the Russians in October 1944 which comes with a laminated A5 information card.
The Liberation of Finnmark was a military operation, lasting from 23 October 1944 until 26 April 1945, in which Soviet and Norwegian forces wrested away control of Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway, from the German Army. It started with a Soviet offensive that liberated Kirkenes in October 1944. The Germans fought in the rest of Norway until they capitulated on 8 May, bringing a definite end to the conflict.
The Tellermine 43 was the 1943 pattern design and was a German metal-cased anti-tank blast mine which replaced the Tellermine 42 due to being a simplified version with simpler production techniques they were made from March 1943 until the end of the war over 3.6 million were made. The mine was ultimately a development of the Tellermine 35 with improved resistance to blast. The Tellermine consists of a circular pressed steel main body with a large central pressure plate. The pressure plate is smaller than the earlier Tellermine 35, which increases the mine's resistance to blast. Two secondary fuze wells are provided for anti-handling devices, one in the side, and one on the bottom of the mine.