This is a British soldier of the 8th Army No4 mark 2 spike bayonet with scabbard the bayonet has been painted black to help preserve it the scabbard is full of muck so the blade wont go back in it. The bayonet and scabbard are in relic but solid condition they are rusty but is not braking up or falling apart perfect for a display or any collection and unusual to from the battlefield. The bayonet and scabbard were recovered from site of a surrender pit dug by Allies after the German 1st parachute army surrendered near Hamburg from the battle that was fought and were large numbers of them surrendered in April - May 1945 in last days of the Reich in Germany.
The Battle of Hamburg was one of the last battles during the war where the remaining troops of the German 1st parachute Army fought the British 8th Army for the control of Hamburg fought between 18 April and 3 May 1945. The 12th SS Regiment defended the outskirts of the city and then the British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army. By this time the 1st Parachute Army were a mix of SS, paratroopers, Valkssturm, along with regular Wehrmacht soldiers, supported by sailors, police, firemen and Hitler Youth. Other German units in the area including a tank destroyer battalion, a Hungarian SS unit and many panzerfaust anti-tank troops were still located in the woods south of Hamburg. British troops were met with fierce resistance inside the city as Hamburg was the last significant remaining pocket of resistance in the north. Once the British had captured the city, they continued their advance north-east and sealed off the remnants of the 1st Parachute Army and finally captured the city and a lot of its defenders on the 3rd May 1945.
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8TH Army in Hamburg in 1945