This is a Russian 57mm brass shell case which is dated 1944 it still retains a dull/green brass colour from being buried still with most of its markings on the bottom clear to see and has a nice clean primer dated 1942.The case does have some damage around neck from being fired but is still very solid it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display and rare to find from the battlefield especially in this condition a case from this gun.This case was recovered from the battlefield on the Seelow Heights in April 1945 the opening battle for Berlin.The shell comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
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