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  • British high explosive shell number 100 fuse which has been fired with lots of impact damage,maker marked,dated 1918 recovered in the area of Marrett wood the 27-28 March 1918 battle in Dernancourt stopping German advance

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    This is a British high explosive shell number 100 fuse this brass head which was fitted to many shells including the famous 18 pounder gun artillery high explosive shells it has been fired and does have lots of damage from that missing its nose cone and with plenty of dents and impact marks it still has a bit of dirt and muck on it from the recovery.The shell head is in nice condition still with some of its original maker markings and numbers and is dated 1918 partly 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 fuse was recovered in 2012 in the area of Marrett wood which was the scene of the fighting on the 27-28 March 1918 during the battle of Dernancourt with the Germans attacking the wood but being repulsed by the Australian troops of the 38th Battalion.A very nice relic from the 1918 Somme battlefield the scene of the German spring offensive in March- April 1918.

    Dernancourt, a village near Albert, witnessed some battles between German troops and 3rd and 4th Australian Divisions in March and April 1918. During World War I. Dernancourt was behind the line of the Allies. However, in March and April 1918, when the Germans attacked the Somme, Dernancourt became the new front line. The village was destroyed by shells and the inhabitants were force to leave. The 3rd and 4th Australian Divisions were asked for help by the end of March 1918 in order to stop the German troops.


    The 4th division then decided to put the main line of defense on the hills near Dernancourt and to use the rail backfill as a line of advanced post.

    On 3rd and 4th April 1918, the French civilians told the Australians than the German troops were in the village, in their cellars and basements. The German launched some attacks and mortar fires during two hours. Then the German tried to take the Australian position. After intense battles, the Germans were pushed back by the Australian bayonets. Some months after this defeat, the German Army was beaten.

    British soldiers operating an 18-pounder... - WW1 Colourised ...First Battle of Dernancourt - Wikipedia