This is German sniper shield section which has blown apart in an explosion the plate which has black paintwork remains on this is post war over paint.The section of armour plate which is about half a plate the top section still with the sniper shutter and handle attached the rest is missing blown off it has some ragged edges where the impact blew it apart also has a blast crack in it the plate is in relic but solid condition it is rusty but not crumbling or braking up and a real bit of history blown up in the heat of battle the plate has been very nicely cleaned and may well clean up more with some effort and is a nice find from the battlefield.The sniper plate part was recovered from the battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres.A very nice find from the famous Ypres battlefield.The plate section comes with a laminated A5 information card.
Passchendaele is a small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.
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