This is a spare shell carry box for 4 rounds of 5cm KwK39 L/60 shells fired by Panzer 3 Tank . The box is complete other then the inside racking still with some original paintwork also some white paint not sure if original or not it does have some surface rust but not much no rust holes that can be seen it does have a few dents and knock from use also the lid still opens, closes and locks but no markings but does have its carry handles can be seen the box is in very nice solid condition and no large damage a really nice example of this shell box. This box comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photos. The box was recovered from Sevastopol the battlefield of 1941-1943 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in East.
In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defences and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.
Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege. Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.