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This is a German artillery gun barrel cleaning brush handle which is missing its brush head The brush handle which is pretty much complete other then the brush the wood is still solid not to badly broken but has been well used the metal frame is rusty but again not to bad mostly light surface rust it does have a maker mark on the top where the brush. The brush handle has been nicely cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection and comes with a A5 laminated information card, The handle was found in the village of Bras a village just outside Bastogne this village is were British and American forces both re captured it from the Germans during the fighting in early 1945. A very nice unusual relic found in September 2018 in Belgium ware it had been since the battle and comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The gun brush handle is properly from a vehicle used by the 26th Volksgrenadier Division because on the 13th January 1945 they were the last German soldiers occupying the village of Bras near Bastogne at the end of the Battle of the Bulge. On the following day the village of Bras was liberated, and a historic meeting took place when the American forces linked up with the British forces and drove the Germans back into Germany.
The 26. Volksgrenadier-Division was formed in September 1944 on the training ground Warthelager near Posen from 26th Infantry Division and manpower from the partially formed 582 Volksgrenadier Division It was sent to the western front and saw action in the Ardennes suffering heavy losses. The remains of the division went into captivity in the Harz Mountains in April 1945.