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This is a part of a group of items recovered in 2022 from an old German ammunition bunker site which was blown up by the Russians after it was captured this is why most of the items are battle-damaged. This is a nice pair of battle damaged German 3.7cm steel shell cases for the famous anti-aircraft gun. The cases are steel made they are in relic but solid condition and one has no real markings the other has most of its maker markings and is dated 1944 that can be seen fairly clearly on the bottom of the case. The shell cases have ripped and bent by the force of the explosion with many jagged edges the rare bit it still has remains of its original brass wash the cases have been very well cleaned and are perfect to display or and a rare one for any collection to get a near fully marked 3.7cm case from the battlefield and the cases with such damage. The shell cases are empty and inert and were recovered from a German ammunition storage bunker which on the information cards you can see what one of these bunkers looked like being made and the plans for one also on the cards are photographs of the recovery of some of the items as they were recovered from the bunker complex this year. The ammunition dump site around Udria was the location of multiple bunkers which were blown up by the Russian Army after capture. Originally used by SS artillery Regiment 11 of the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland. Originally a rear area storage area for Narva itself, the battle of February-June 1944.This was also the rear area of the German Panther line from July until August 1944 it was part of the battlefield in front of the Tannenberg line on the Northern coast of Estonia from the Narva battlefield in Estonia. The item comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards with many pictures
The Battle of Narva took place from February 2, 1944 - August 10, 1944. Basically, the only reason for this battle was Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin wanted the area around Narva (Estonia) for an air base and an entrance for the invasion of Prussia. However, things didn't go as Stalin planned. The German Army hit the Soviets fast and hard resulting in 480,000 casualties compared to Germany's 68,000. The German forces involved the battle were III SS (Germanic) Panzer Corps XXVI Army Corps XXXXIII Army Corps Eastern sector, coastal defence. The 3rd (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps their order battle as of the 15th June 1944 was 103rd SS Heavy Panzer Battalion, SS Nordland Division also 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS 1st Estonian and 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Brigade Netherlands.