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  • German sonderkart airtight crate with camouflage paintwork for supercharge rounds to fire shells further fired by 10cm K18 field gun only 1433 were built it recovered in Sevastopol the battlefield of the Crimea 1941-1942 in Russia

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    This is a German sonderkart airtight crate for supercharge rounds to fire shells further fired by 10cm K18 field gun only 1433 were built. The box is complete the wood still retains a lot of its original green camouflage paintwork with original white stamped markings still partly clear to see on the side .The box with a waffen stamp  on one side fairly clear to see it has had woodworm at some point but has been treated it has no real damage that can be seen the hinges are broken the lid is loose from the box the wood is in nice solid condition not braking up or falling apart the locks do still work but is missing one of its carry handles the other is in place. On the inside again pretty good condition with the metal lining still in place and pretty much its original colour overall does have some knocks and marks from use but has been very cleaned perfect for display. The box was recovered from the Sevastopol battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in the East. The box comes with A5 laminated information card.

    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.

    10 cm schwere Kanone 18 (10 cm K 18 L/52) | Courtesy gottmit… | Flickr