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  • Rare to find American soldiers mess tin fantastic condition semi-relic lots of original colour recovered many years ago from woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest the battle of the bulge 1944-1945

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    This is a rare find from the battlefield American soldiers mess tin which is not complete does still have its carry handle which works but this has rusted away at the end but other then that not to much damage at all. The tin which is missing its lid but the other parts are there still its lovely shiny aluminium colour on the whole does have some dirt marks and stains from being buried but is in fantastic condition it has been very nicely cleaned retains a lot of its original colour and rare to find from this famous battlefield found many years ago this is how it is so good. The mess tin was recovered from woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and unusual find from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.  

    The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centred on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armoured units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.


    PFC Jack Levandoski – Military History of the Upper Great Lakes