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  • German butterfly Ariel bomb explosive wing nice solid relic recovered from around the village of Plota near Prokhorovka on the battlefield at Kursk 1943 in Russia

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    This is an original German butterfly Ariel bomb wing which is empty and inert they never carried a charge. The wing is rusty but solid and does have some damage but still have some original paintwork fairly clear to see it is in nice solid condition perfect for display or any collection and rare to find these days. The wing was recovered from around the village Plota which is south Prokhorovka ware the main tank battle was on the 12th July 1943. The wing was recovered from village of Plota near Prokhorovka on the battlefield at Kursk 1943 where the largest Tank battle of the war and the last great German offensive of the war in the East in Russia. The wing comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.


    Butterfly Bomb was a German 2 kilogram anti-personnel sub munition used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was so named because the thin cylindrical metal outer shell which hinged open when the bomblet deployed gave it the superficial appearance of a large butterfly. The design was very distinctive and easy to recognise. SD2 bomblets were not dropped individually, but were packed into containers holding between 6 and 108 sub munitions e.g. the AB 23 SD-2 and AB 250-3 sub munition dispensers. The SD2 sub munitions were released after the container was released from the aircraft and had burst open. Because SD2s were always dropped in groups (never individually) the discovery of one unexploded SD2 was a reliable indication that others had been dropped nearby. This bomb type was one of the first Cluster bomb ever used in combat and it proved to be a highly effective weapon. The bomb containers that carried the SD2 bomblets and released them in the air were nicknamed the "Devil's Eggs" by Luftwaffe air and ground crew.

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