German 8cm Motar shell carry case.The box is complete but in relic condition very rusty but still solid it has remains of green paintwork with white stamped markings partly there to see and the red stripe which is unknown why the Germans did this all fairly clear to see on the outside and on the inside lots of original black paintwork and very rare paper label on the inside of the lid with some of its markings readable the hinge is broken so the box is 2 half's with some rust holes on both sides but not to many it still has its carry handle on the inside it still has the shell holder racking in place the case has been nicely cleaned and is perfect to display and nice to find from this very famous battlefield.The box 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 box is from a Panzer Lehr division mortar a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 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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