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This is a Russian 85mm brass shell case which is fairly straight but does have a large impact dent at the top also has some damage with cracks and smaller dents around the bottom of the case. The case still retains some of its brass colour but is dirty and has discoloured due to being buried the markings on the bottom are fairly clear to see with the date 1941 on the case which means this was a late war re issued case for the upgraded T34 tank which did not go into production until 1943. The case is still very solid and perfect for display and rare to find from the battlefield especially in this condition it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. This case was recovered South of Berlin in the area the German 9th Army fought and surrendered in April 1945 during the battle of Berlin. A very nice find from the battles in the last days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin. The case comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
The Red Army crossed Germany's border on the 12th January 1945 and forced the 9th Army to retreat all along the front until it was deployed westward to the river Oder. Three of the 9th Army's formations were tasked with defending the Seelow Heights, which was the last defensible region before Berlin. In total the 9th Army was reduced to 100,000 men and 800 tanks and assault guns against which the Soviets had over 1,000,000 men and 10,000 tanks and assault guns.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights started on 16 April 1945 when Marshal Georgy Zhukov’s 1st Belorussian Front attacked across the Oder. The 9th Army held the line for about 3 days. After heavy fighting the 9th Army were driven back towards Berlin split in two with bulk of the forces under the command of Theodor Busse. This large part of the 9th Army were driven into a pocket in the Spree Forest south of the Seelow Heights and west of Frankfurt.
From inside the pocket east of Frankfurt Busse attempted a breakout to the west to join up with the 12th Army. The breakout, known as the Battle of Halbe, resulted in the destruction of the Ninth Army as a coherent force. Troops that were not captured by the Soviets crossed the Elbe at Tangermunde and surrendered to the US Army.