This is a German 20mm Flak 30/38 Anti-Aircraft gun firing spring from the breach inside the gun. The spring looks complete it does have some damage pitted and knocked from being buried but is in very nice solid condition it does have rust and some rust damage but is not braking up or falling apart it has been well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and is 7 inches long. The spring which would have been part of the air defence of the airfield was recovered from the site of what was the Luftwaffe airfield base at Audembert near Calais used in battle of Britain 1940 by Jagdeschwader 26 the unit cmmanded by Adolf Galland,remained a fighter base until 1944.The spring comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards with pictures
Audembert air field was a German airfield 230 kilometers north of Paris.It was a Feldflugplatz (wartime airfield) of the Luftwaffe during World War II, but it probably existed already before the outbreack of World War II. It was located close to a mile from the English Channel. Due to its location, it was the closest airfield to England, and therefore one of the most important fighter airfields during the Battle of Britain. In the summer of 1940, the airfield was used by I./JG26 'Schlageter', flying Bf109Fs. Jagdgeschwader 26 'Schlageter' was the unit of Adolf Galland, a German fighter ace, who later that year was promoted to command the entire Jagdgeschwader. After the Battle of Britain, the airfield remained a Luftwaffe unit. The field consisted of a single surfaced runway, some taxi tracks and hangars. The Luftwaffe continued to use the airfield until the Normandy invasion in 1944.After the area was taken over by the Allies in late 1944 however, it was returned to farmland after the war and is still that today the picture below shows Adolf Galland on Goering´s visit to JG 26 at Audembert on the 5th December 1941.
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