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This is a very rare find from the battlefield a complete German LKZ 16 shell percussion fuse used on gas shells for the 7.7cm field guns. The fuse has been fired and this nose section ripped off during the impact and does have some damage from that but still nice and solid these heads are rare to find anyway. The shell head is in very nice condition but does have no original markings but has been very well cleaned. This fuse has been recovered in 2016 from the area of Regina trench defensive position near the village of Courcelette the October 1916 battlefield on the Somme. This is a fantastic condition relic recovered 6 years ago on the famous Somme battlefield of late summer 1916.
Regina Trench (Staufen Riegel) was a German Trench dug along the north-facing slope of a ridge running from north-west of the village of Le Sars south-westwards to Stuff Redoubt (Staufenfeste), close to the German fortifications at Thiepval on the Somme battlefield. It was the longest such trench on the German front during the First world war. Attacked several times by the Canadian Corps during the Battle of the Ancre Heights, the 5th Canadian corps briefly controlled a section of the trench on 1 October but was repulsed by counter-attacks of the German Marine Brigade (equivalent to an army division), which had been brought from the Belgian coast. An attack on 8 October, by the 1st Canadian Division and the 3rd Canadian Division on Regina Trench also failed. On 21 October, the 4th Canadian Division attacked the western portion of Regina Trench, as the 18th Division, 25th Division and the 39th Division of II Corps, attacked the part further west (known as Stuff Trench to the British). The Canadians met little opposition and gained the objective, as the II Corps divisions captured Stuff Trench in thirty minutes, giving the British control of the Thiepval Ridge. Three counter-attacks were repulsed by the Canadians and by 22 October, more than a thousand Germans had been taken prisoner. The east end of the trench was captured by the 4th Canadian Division during the night of 10/11 November.