This is a German near complete steel shell case 7.5cm KwK40 fired by a Panzer 4 Tank. The case is rusty but solid and is in relic condition it does have some small rust holes around the case but not to many. On the bottom of the case non of the original markings can be seen maybe with further it is possible the case does still have some original brass wash remains but the rare bit is the battle damage an impact hole in the top neck of the case and one one though the bottom 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 shell case was fired by German Panzer 4 tank recovered in the Apennine Mountains near Ancona part of the Gothic line defence in Italy 1944 battlefield. The case and it comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture.
After the desert war the box must have been taken to Italy in the German evacuation from Tunisia, used by the Wehrmacht in the Italian campaign. The box was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona on the German Gothic line of 1944.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in June 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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