This is a Russian vehicle number plate made from the aluminium of a crashed German Aircraft.The panel is still covered in original black,white red paintwork done by the Russians for use as a number plate but on the back is the original black paintwork from the German aircraft.The panel overall has a lot of original colour it has ripped and bent around the bolt holes when it was removed from the vehicle other then that not damaged it has been very nicely cleaned with the markings perfectly readable and clear to see it is perfect for display or any collection the size of the plate is 15 inches long by 6 inches wide and is a very rare one off troop made item recovered from the battlefield.The plate was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield and comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of Russian history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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