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Rare British high explosive shell number 44 fuse bottom part fired by 6-9 inch siege howitzers not the complete fuse but unusual to find from the battlefield. The shell head still with all of its original markings and numbers and dated March 1916 all perfectly clear to read and has its dirty brass colour with some original colour in places. The fuse has been very well cleaned this head has been fired which has ripped of the shell underneath from that but the top is lovely a cracking find this head has been found many years ago and has been in a private collection ever since on the battlefield at Passchendaele from the 1917 battle part of the third battle of Ypres. A very nice and rare find from the famous Ypres battlefield on the western front in Belgium.
The final phase, the advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November.