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This is a lovely very rare to find Austro Hungarian M96C percussion shrapnel shell fuse used on 9cm field howitzers and fortress guns. The fuse is in fantastic condition in fact un damaged and the fuse still works all timer number and dials still move it is empty and inert though. The fuse still with all of its original markings and numbers mostly perfectly clear to read and has most of its original brass colour and has been very well cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection and is a cracking find from this very famous battlefield on the Eastern Front. The fuse was recovered from the battlefield of 1914-1915 around the siege of Przemyśl which was the longest siege in World War 1.
The siege of Przemyśl was the longest siege in Europe during the first worl war The siege was a crushing defeat for the Autro Hungarian Army against the Russian Army. Przemysl was a fortress-town and stronghold on the river San in what is now southeastern Poland. The siege of Przemyśl began on 16 September 1914 and was briefly suspended on 11 October, due to an Austro-Hungarian offensive. The siege resumed again on 9 November and the Austro-Hungarian garrison surrendered on 22 March 1915, after holding out for a total of 133 days. By the end of October 1914 the German and Austro-Hungarian armies were retreating west after their reversals in the Battle of the Vistula River. On 4 November, civilians were ordered to leave Przemyśl. On 10 November, the second siege started. The Russian 11th Army surrounded the Town trapping the German and Autro Hungarian troops until the 22nd March 1915, when the remaining troops left in the garrison of 117,000 German and Autro Hungarian soldiers surrendered to the Russians. Among the captured were nine generals, ninety-three senior staff officers and 2,500 other officers.