This is a rare find Russian soldiers leather made medical bag still with its original painted medical markings.The metal handle and other parts have rusty the bag is very dirty and stained from use or being stored for 70 odd years it does have a ink stamp marking inside but faded hard to see it is still very solid not braking up at all and retains a lot of original colour it is a very nice example of a used medical bag which is perfect for display or any collection.The bag has been recovered from Kurland Pocket the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of iconic battle history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front.
The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.
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