This is a Shell rack with a 37mm M16 brass shell case still on it the case is damaged but has all its markings dated 1942.The rack is rusty but solid and still has a lot of white paintwork on it the internal paint that was used inside the tank the rack is not complete does have damage looks like it was ripped out of the tank in an explosion it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a very rare find from the battlefield .This shell rack comes from a US Stuart tank this was most used infantry support tank on the Western Front.The rack was recovered from the Forest at Fetsch which is 19 Kilometres from Bastogne, the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944.The item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photograph of the Stewart Tanks abandoned at Fetsch in 1944.
These Stewart tanks were abandoned and captured by the German 2nd Panzer Division on the 18th December 1944. The last photograph shows the M5 tanks at Fetsch which is 19 kilometres East of Bastogne in 1944 this is where the connector was recovered.This position its self was used by the Germans in January 1945 when they were retreating back in to Germany.
The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II in the European theatre. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany's armoured forces on the Western Front bringing the war to end much sooner.
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