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  • Russian T34 Tank turret hatch cover from the 1942 E or F model with twin turret mounted roof hatches recovered in 2018 from a scrap yard in the 1944-1945 Kurland Pocket, Latvia

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    This is a Russian T34 Tank turret hatch cover from the 1942 E or F model with twin turret mounted roof hatches.This very thick and very heavy armoured plate hatch it is in relic but solid condition still covered in dirt and muck from being found i have left it as found in the condition it was in the scrap yard in Latvia .This hatch may have some battle damage hard to tell the hinge and catch are missing possibly ripped off in an explosion the plate its self looks pretty undamaged as far as impact strikes or hits.The hatch which is 20 inches long it is rusty but not braking up or flaky at all and would clean up nice if you wanted to as is it is perfect for display or any collection but unfortunately it is so heavy no postage on this item collection only from me or at a show .So very rare to get such a recognisable and large relic from a Tank battlefield recovered this is a very nice find and from such a famous eastern front battlefield the first time it has been out of the pocket since the war.The hatch cover was recovered in 2018 from this scrap yard shown on last photograph on the listing in what was the Kurland Pocket the battlefield of 1944-1945 in Latvia. A lovely piece of  battlefield history from one of the most famous pockets on the Eastern Front.The cupola comes with 2x A5 laminated information cards with picture of the tank and the scrap yard.


    The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.

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