This is a brass made British 18 pounder high explosive shell head it has been fired does have some damage from that some dents and impact marks it still has a bit of dirt and muck on it from the recovery.The shell head is in very nice condition still with some of its original maker markings, numbers and dated August 1916 fairly clear to see in places it still has its dirty brass colour and has been very well cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection.This head was recovered in 2011 from woods near the village of Flers on the Somme battlefield of late summer 1916. Flers was the first village captured using tanks in September 1916 during the battle of the Somme.
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette was notable for the introduction of tanks. The attack was launched across a 12 km front from Rawlinson's Fourth Army on the German salient on the 15th September 1916 the British had twelve divisions employed along with all the tanks the British army possessed: 49 in total.The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) together with the Canadian Corps, made initial gains of some 2 km within the first three days, something of an achievement at the time, and particularly during the Battle of the Somme. Led by tanks the villages of Martinpuich, Flers and Courcelette fell to the Allies, as did the much sought-after High Wood.Nevertheless, a combination of poor weather and extensive German reinforcements halted the British and Canadian advance on 17 September; the Allies had again suffered heavy casualties, including Raymond Asquith, the son of the British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. The attack was called off on 22 September.
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