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  • Russian 107mm brass shell case for the M A10/30 field gun in nice relic condition relic recovered in Sevastopol the battlefield of the Crimea 1941-1942 in Russia

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    This is a Russian 107mm brass shell case for the M A10/30 field gun the case has no maker markings on the bottom that can be seen and is empty and inert. The case is complete with no major damage other then from round the neck after it was fired but does not retain its shiny original brass colour it has discoloured from being buried also with a few small dents it has been very well cleaned on the bottom with some brass colour left it is in very nice condition for a battlefield recovered case .The case was recovered from the Sevastopol battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in the East. 

    In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defences and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.

    Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege. Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.

    A 107 mm model 1910/30 Soviet field gun. The USSR inherited the 107 mm  caliber from the Tsarist army and new guns were built with it until 1941.  The last weapon of