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  • German carry crate for Gewehr Sprenggrante 30 anti personnel rifle grenades dated 1942 with labels well used crate recovered in Sevastopol the battlefield of the Crimea 1941-1942 in Russia

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    This is a rare to find German carry crate for Gewehr Sprenggrante 30 anti personnel rifle grenades in overall fairly nice condition but has been very well used possibly even post war. The box is complete the wood is still solid but has broken and damaged in places from use it still retains most of its original black painted colour finish but has no markings that can be seen anywhere on the box other then the paper label remains. This box which all the hinges are broken and have been replaced by leather straps the lock still works and the lid opens and closes also missing its rope carry handle the box is a bit scuffed and marked from use but is wood worm free the paper labels are the best bit about this box it has the remains of one on the outside end with some markings still there but the paper label inside is perfect all markings readable including the date 1942 the box is still very solid and has been nicely cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection. The crate 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.


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