This is a Italian Beretta 38 long magazine used by the Germans which is in nice complete condition but with no ammunition inside the internal spring is hanging out the bottom. The magazine is in relic but nice solid condition it is not braking up or crumbling. This magazine is totally complete with its insides the magazine does have a few rust but is still smooth to the touch not to heavily pitted and may well clean up very nicely with effort it is unusual anyway to find from this famous battlefield in this condition. The magazine was used by a soldier in the German 9th army recovered from near a lake south of Berlin in the area where they fought and surrendered to the Russians during the battle of Berlin in April of 1945.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
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