This is a VERY RARE 8.8cm KwK 43 shell case in nice condition fired by German King Tiger tank of 503 Heavy Tank Battalion .This shell case is complete it is rusty but solid it is relic but overall in fantastic condition for a steel made shell case and still has some small amounts of brass wash remains on the inside it still has some black tar from ware it was buried under the road for 70 years. On the bottom of the case it is missing its primer and has no markings but the case its self is very solid with very few rust holes could even be a restoration project if you wanted to .The case is so very rare to find from the battle field especially in this condition it would be perfect for display or any collection from the famous King Tiger tank and from battlefield ware there is very little about.The shell case was recovered in 2017 on the outskirts of Budapest the Hungarian Capital City during roadworks the case would have been fired in October 1944 during the battle to captiure the City by the Germans. This shell case comes with a laminated A5 information sheet with information and photos.A very nice and rare relic from the famous king tiger tank in action on the Eastern Front.Below photo of King Tiger in Budapest in October 1944.
On 15 October 1944, Tiger
IIs of 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion played a crucial role during Operation
Panzerfaust, supporting Otto Skorzeny’s troops in taking the Hungarian
capital of Budapest, which ensured that the country remained with the Axis
until the end of the war. The 503rd then took part in the Battle of
Debrecen. The 503rd remained in the Hungarian theater of operations for 166
days, during which it accounted for at least 121 Soviet tanks, 244 anti-tank
guns and artillery pieces, five aircraft and a train. This was set against the
loss of 25 Tiger IIs; ten were knocked out by Soviet troops and burned out, two
were sent back to Vienna for a factory overhaul, while thirteen were blown up
by their crews for various reasons, usually to prevent them from falling into
enemy hands. Kurt Knispel, the highest scoring tank ace of all time (162
enemy AFVs destroyed), also served with the 503rd, and was killed in action on
29 April 1945 in his Tiger II
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