This is a Pair of German Krigsmarine costal artillery soldiers jacket buttons 2 different styles one is dated 1943 the larger one is in nice condition semi-relic the smaller one is more relic. The buttons have no real damage and still retain some of there original colours the smaller one is rusty both are very solid and nicely cleaned relics could even go back on to a jacket if you wanted to with there markings which are partly readable not perfectly clear but they have been nicely cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection. The buttons were recovered from the Atlantic wall defence system near the port of Saint Malo in France and were properly worn by one of the Krigsmarine soldiers on the gun crews of the wall defences.
The battle for the walled city Saint Malo and the fortress positions began on August 4 1944 Allied intelligence had believed that there were 1000 German soldiers holed up in the area enclosed by the old walls and had bombed it heavily, however, when the city surrendered on August 14 only 83 German soldiers were taken prisoner. The commander of Fortress Saint-Malo, Colonel Von Aulock, surrendered all German forces in the area on August 17th 1944.
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