This is a German steel shell case 7.5cm KwK42 fired by Panther Tank. The case is rusty but solid and is in relic condition it does have some rust holes and some cracks and damage in the top neck but it is very solid and is not braking up or falling apart the case has none of the original markings that can be seen on the bottom it is overall very nicely cleaned a solid relic perfect for display or any collection and getting harder to find especially so solid still from the battlefield. The shell case was recovered from near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know this shell case is from a Panzer Lehr division a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very nice relic from this famous battle that comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.
During the run up to the offensive, Panzer Lehr was kept in reserve on 15 December, the day before the offensive began, Panzer Lehr was still severely understrength, with only one of its two tank battalions ready for action, the other restored to its parent unit, the 3rd panzer division. Both of its panzergrenadier regiments were at 80 percent of its authorized strength. It had only 57 tanks (30 Panthers and 27 Panzer IV) and 20 Jagdpanzer IV/70's by the time the attack jumped off.
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