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  • 2 sections of ammunition strip from French St.Etienne 1907 machine gun still with some original colour, nice solid relic recovered from around Hill 304 and Malancourt area the March - May 1916 battle in Verdun

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    This is a pair of 2 sections of ammunition strip from French St.Etienne 1907 machine gun which are a rare find from the battlefield they are 6 inches long. These strips which retain a lot of there original colours they are in relic but solid condition they are rusty but have been very well cleaned perfect for display. This strips have been recovered from around Hill 304 and Malancourt area of the March - May 1916 battle which was the large German advance towards Verdun. A very nice and rare relic from this famous battlefield. These were recovered from around Hill 304 and Malancourt area of the March - May 1916 battle which was the large German advance towards Verdun. A very nice French relic from the famous French defence of the Verdun battlefield during the early years of the war they come with A5 laminated information card.

    In late February 1916, following German attacks on the right bank of the River Meuse during the Battle of Verdun, the French had established artillery batteries on the hills on the left bank commanding the opposite, right-hand bank. One of these was Le Mort Homme. These batteries caused such havoc that the Germans, belatedly, decided to attack southwards along the left bank of the river simultaneously. Their objective was Le Mort Homme and its neighbouring hills. Over the next few months, the Germans made repeated attacks, pounding the French lines, rushing their positions and ejecting the French from their wrecked trenches. French artillery would then pulverise the Germans and counter-attacks would drive them out again, the French infantry re-occupying the shell holes where the trench systems had been.

    Despite the terrible cost, the Germans were able to advance slowly, first capturing a neighbouring hill, Côte 304, which was dominating the approach to Le Mort Homme. Then, on 16 March, the Germans took Côte 265, labelled on their maps as Toter Mann (Le Mort Homme), but not on French maps. Finally, on 24 May, they took the second summit, Côte 295. 


    Battle of Verdun | Map, Casualties, Significance, & Facts | BritannicaGreat War tour with Gaurav - Autochrome of French soldiers in a trench  manning a St. Étienne Mle 1907 machine gun. The French St. Étienne Mle 1907  (French: Mitrailleuse Mle 1907 T)