This is a unusual find from the battlefield a French 75mm brass shell case dated 1916 used famously in world war 1 re stamped with the German black ink markings for use on there guns the markings are not very clear to see but are there and is very rare to find in a recovered shell case.These guns were captured by the Germans after the fall of France in 1940 then re used by the German army as the PAK 97/38 anti-tank gun.This case still retains a lot of its original brass colour but has dis coloured from being buried the brass case is in semi-relic condition at worst with some marks,scraps but does have some damage cracks properly when fired on the bottom all the original markings are there not very clear to see but there and the primer is dated 1938 the case is in nice solid condition it is not braking up it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The brass case was recovered from South of Berlin in the area the 9th Army fought,surrendered in April 1945 during the battle of Berlin a lovely piece of iconic battle history from the last days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin. The shell case comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photos.
The German Pak 97/38 (7.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 97/38) anti-tank gun was a combination of the barrel from the French Canon de 75 modèle 1897 fitted with a Swiss Solothurn muzzle brake and mounted on the carriage of the German 5 cm Pak 38. During the invasion of Poland and invasion of France the Wehrmacht captured thousands of 75 mm Model 1897 guns, built by the French arms manufacturer Schneider. These guns were adopted by the Germans as the 7.5 cm FK 97(p) and the 7.5 cm FK 231(f) and used in their original field artillery role. The Pak 97/38 was produced using captured barrels and could fire captured French and Polish ammunition. Together with light weight, good mobility and sufficient anti-Armor performance with a HEAT shell (enough to penetrate T-34 in most situations; the side Armor of the KV could also be pierced), it made the gun a decent anti-tank weapon.
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