This is a German battle damaged water bottle with impact holes and shrapnel damage it has ripped and bent by the force of an explosion.The bottle still has some original black paintwork the aluminium made bottle still has its top which has stuck in place also the top has number stamp the bottle is still very solid it is in very nice condition well cleaned and reatins a lot of original colour it is perfect for display or any collection.The bottle belonged to a soldier of the 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen it was recovered from the site of Destroyed Panzer 4 tank near the village of Camembert from the battle of 20th August 1944 against the Canadian 4th armoured Division in the last days of the fighting in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy.
Panzergrenadier Regiment Hohenstaufen. The division saw much action defending against British armour during operation Goodwood During operation Jupiter Hohenstaufen destroyed 58 British tanks with many of them being Churchill tanks After the launch of the Canadian operation totalize, Hohenstaufen avoided encirclement in the Falaise Pocket and kept the narrow escape route from this pocket open. By the 21st August it was over, and the German forces were in full retreat out of Normandy. The Panzer IVs comprised around half of the available German tank strength on the Western Front prior to the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. Most of the 11 panzer divisions that saw action in Normandy initially contained an armoured regiment of one battalion of Panzer IVs and another of Panthers, for a total of around 160 tanks, although Waffen-SS panzer divisions were generally larger and better equipped than their Army counterparts. Regular upgrades to the Panzer IV had helped to maintain its reputation as a formidable opponent. Below picture is a panzer 4 tank of the 9th SS Panzer Division.
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