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  • Russian RS-132 Katyusha rocket case fired at the German defences on the Seelow Heights in Germany part of the battle of Berlin in April 1945

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    Russian RS-132 Katyusha rocket case fired at the Germans in the last weeks of the war.The case is in relic and rusty condition but still solid and it has ripped and bent when it was fired and exploded the case remains have been cleaned perfect for display it is 18 inches long.The rocket case was recovered from The Zeelow Heights near Berlin in Germany the 1945 battlefield the opening battle to take the City.This item comes with a laminated A5 information sheet.A very nice relic from one of the very last battles on the Eastern Front.

    Design work on RS-82 and RS-132 rockets began in the early 1930s the First test-firing was done in November 1929. The rocket officially entered service in in 1938 like most unguided rockets the Katyusha suffered from poor accuracy and combat accuracy was even worse, since the rockets were typically fired from even greater distances. The RS-132 rocket could defeat medium German armour with a direct hit but caused almost no damage to light or medium armour with a near-miss. Best results were usually attained when firing in salvos against large ground targets. Almost every Soviet military aircraft of the war was known to carry RS-82 and RS-132 rockets.

     The rocket case was recovered on the Seelow Heights battlefield. 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.

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