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  • German army issue red painted water bottle, nice relic with original paintwork used by soldier of the 132nd Infantry Division recovered on the Sevastopol battlefield in the Crimea 1941- 1942

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    This is a German soldiers army issue red painted water bottle which still has some of its original red paintwork still on it with no screw top but the rare bit it has a clear to see battle damage impact hole on one side .The bottle has no rust holes it does have some surface rust it is very solid and nice condition for a bottle which has been lost in the heat of battle it has been well cleaned perfect for display or any collection. The water bottle was probably used by soldiers of 132nd Infantry Division as they were the troops in the area but it was a very heavily fought over area for a period of time so could possibly be from soldier in another German unit the waterbottle was recovered from near a lake in Cherka area of Sevastopol the battlefield in the Crimea 1941- 1942 .

    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.

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