This is a part from a German 75mm pak 40 anti tank gun the famous anti tank gun used on all fronts by the German army. This is a shell head cover used on the nose cone while the shell were being transported to the front it is steel made and is in relic but solid condition it is complete and still smooth to the touch and has some original colour in places the cover has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect to display or any collection and nice to get a pak 40 shell cover from this particular battlefield. This shell head cover was recovered from Death Valley near Hill 112 the battle in operation Epsom on the Normandy battlefield of July 1944 used by the Germans trying to stop the British advance to capture the Hill.
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The capture of Caen and Carpiquet at the same time was followed immediately by renewed attacks west of the city in order to capture the high ground between the Odon and the Orne, to encircle Caen from the south, and above all to continue to engage the main German force so it could not block an American breakout to the south. This time the attack was on a broader front with no fewer than six divisions: the 49th and 50th attacked south to Hottot, the 59th attacked south to Noyers, the 15th Scottish was to attack Evrecy, an objective of EPSOM, followed by the 53rd, and in the first attack the 43rd Division was to capture Hill 112 and Maltot on 10th July 1944.
The 43rd Division already held a bridgehead across the Odon, which it had taken over from the 15th Scottish and the 11th Armoured Divisions when Epsom was terminated on 30 June. Since then it had held the panzer divisions that surrounded it on three sides, though the bridgehead was less than a mile wide, consisting of little more than the banks of the Odon and including Death Valley, so called because of the casualties from mortar bombs that burst in the narrow gorge of the river with its steep slate walls.