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  • German steel shell case 7.5cm KwK40 nice condition relic blown out bottom fired by a Panzer 4 Tank of Panzer Grenadier Division Kurmark recovered in Carzig south of the Seelow Heights April 1945 battlefield

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    This is a German steel shell case 7.5cm KwK40 fired by a Panzer 4 Tank near complete with a few rust holes but no damage around the neck and on the bottom is the rare bit looks like the case has been blown up from the primer either a miss fire when the case was used or possible spiked by the Russians so it cant be used. The case is rusty but solid and is in relic condition on the bottom none of the original markings can be seen the case has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. It is overall very nice solid relic and getting harder to find these days especially so solid from the battlefield and fired by the famous German Panzer 4 tank this one of Panzer Grenadier Division Kurmark .This shell case was recovered in Carzig south of the Seelow Heights the area defended by Panzer grenadier division Kurmark in April 1945 during the battle on the Heights part of the opening battle for Berlin. The shell case comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    The unit that was to become Panzergrenadie rdivision Kurmark was formed on 30 January 1945 as Kampfgruppe (Brigade) Langkeit from Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-Brigade Großdeutschland ‘Gneisenau’ at Frankfurt an der Oder. With the launch of the Soviet Berlin Offensive on 16 April, Panzergrenadier division ‘Kurmark’ taken from reserve and moved into defensive positions along the high ground running through Mallnow, Carzig, Schönfließ, and Dolgelin. Mounting Soviet pressure forced the division to withdraw on 19 April, with the retreat taking place across the front. A rear guard covered the retreat from good defensive positions at Hohenjesar and Schönfließ.After retreating southwest it ended up trapped in the Halbe Pocket with the majority of the Ninth Army. What was left of the division surrendered to US forces near Jerichow on 5 May 1945.

    The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.

    This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.

    The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.

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