Very rare German Riegel Mine 43 which is empty and inert and a extremely rare find from the battlefield.This mine is in 2 parts which come apart like they should they are rusty but solid and do have some rust holes in them the mine would clean up more with effort this one has been partly cleaned but still in perfect condition for display or any collection.This mine is so rare to get recovered from the battlefield so complete it was recovered from the Ardennes Forest used by the Germans in the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very rare relic from this famous battle that comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.
The Sprengriegel 43 or “high-explosive bar mine” is a anti-tank mine which is used in open country, on roads, and in minefields. It consists of three main parts: a metal encased charge of TNT, a sheet steel tray, and a lid which acts as a pressure plate on the charge. Attempting to disarm Riegelmines is extremely dangerous because the metal wires in the fuze mechanisms quickly become corroded, which makes them highly unstable. Approximately 3,051,400 were produced between 1943 and 1945.
For the offensive the German Army had in the north the 6th SS Panzer Army, commanded by General Sepp Dietrich. In the centre of the line was 5th Panzer Army, under General Hasso von Manteuffel, tasked with supporting Dietrich's left flank. Further south was 7th Army, a follow-up force shielding Manteuffel's left flank. Between them, Dietrich and Manteuffel fielded 28 divisions, ten of them armoured. In the armoured divisions were concentrated 1,250 of the 2,600 tanks and assault guns amassed for the Ardennes offensive, now code-named Autumn Mist. In total, the attack would involve thirty divisions, including twelve panzer divisions—roughly 240,000 men.
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