This is German MG 34/42 basket drum ammunition basket not complete but nice relic condition. The basket is in rusty condition but still solid condition the top is still connected to the bottom but has rusted solid with some original green paintwork that can be seen fairly clearly.The basket is rusty and in relic condition with rust holes and damage but very solid it has cleaned up very well it is perfect for display and a nice one for any collection in this condition. The basket would have been used by soldiers in the 46th Panzer Corps as it was recovered near the Village of Gnilets attacked by them during the opening offensive of operation citadel on 5th July 1943 during the attack on the Northern side of the Kursk salient from 5th July-12th July 1943 in Russia. The rifle comes with 2x A5 laminated information cards.
The German 46th Panzer Corps participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia. The Corps was created as the XXXXVI Army Corps and converted to a Panzer Corps on 21 June 1942.The Panzer Corps took part in Operation Barbarossa and fought in Kiev,Putyvl, Vyazma and Volokolamsk. It later fought in Rusa-Volokolamsk, Rzhev, Vyazma and Yelnya before taking part in operation citadel the battle of Kursk in July 1943 it was commanded by Major General Hans Zorn. It retired to the Svin area in September 1943.
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