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This is a black painted with lovely white stamped markings German Wooden ammunition crate for 15cm SFH18 artillery gun complete with its 3 separate shell cases still inside these are cleaned relic ones. The box is in nice condition the wood still retains some of its original black paintwork finish on the down side there are splits in the wood nothing to bad but they are there worst one is in the lid even so the wood is still very solid not braking up or falling apart and no wood worm either still rare to find this nicely preserved the box has some of its original war time stamped white ink markings only on the front it is maker marked and dated 1943 also still has its shell holder brackets in place both hinges in nice condition and the lock still works it still has its wooden carry handles and a paper labels remains on one end a nice example of this famous ammunition crate. Inside this crate are 3 recovered German steel shell cases which were used in this crate none of them have any markings that can be seen. The cases are in lovely condition for recovered steel cases very few rust holes or damage they are rusty but solid all of them have been very nicely cleaned and are perfect to display or any collection. This shells were fired by German 15cm SFH 18 heavy field howitzer these cases were recovered in the area of the battle on the Longvilly road near Bastogne. The crate was found on a local brocante or boot fair in Bras a village just outside Bastogne this village is were British and American forces both re captured it from the Germans during the fighting in early 1945 all the items were recovered in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very nice relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war. This crate and cases come with a laminated A5 information sheets with information and photos.
The battle on the Longvilly road took place on the 19th December 1944 when an American force under Colonel Cherry came under attack by German Panzer Lehr Division along the road between Longvilly and Bastogne the Americans lost around 200 vehicles in the battle.