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This is a Russian M1937 45mm anti-tank gun complete armour piecing shell which is a fantastic condition brass shell case which has all its maker markings and dated 1941 on the bottom but the head does not fit in to the case properly with more cleaning it would do. The shell is in lovely condition the head has its maker stamp and dated 1944 and has its nose cone which screws in to the head but very stiff it still retains its brass colour fantastic condition case it has been very well cleaned and overall nice condition .The case still retains a lot of its original brass colour it has been very well cleaned and is a cracking example of the this late war complete shell it is perfect for display or any collection. The shell was recovered from the city of Kostrzyn the battlefield of late 1944 until early 1945 on the Polish- German border. The shell comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture.
Kostrzyn was an old, fortified city on the Oder River. It was an important location because of the road- and railway bridges across the Oder. In February 1945, the first troops of the 1st White-Russian army arrived here. Hitler declared the city as important defence point. The remaining German units of the 9th Army were under command of SS General Ferdinand von Sammern-Frankenegg. The German garrison, estimated at between 9,000 and 16,000 men and boys, in the small town on the eastern bank of the Oder River, some 70 kilometers east of Berlin. On January 25, by order of Adolf Hitler, Küstrin the German name for Kostrzyn had been made a Fortress Town, meaning that it was to be held to the last man and last bullet. The penalty for retreat was death. It was here that the prelude to the Battle of Berlin would take place. After heavy fighting General Ferdinand von Sammern-Frankenegg had to surrender the city, against his strict orders. At that time, he had only 600 soldiers left fighting who were taken prisoner by the Russians.