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This is a Russian 45mm anti-tank gun brass shell case with all maker markings dated 1939 and has ripped and bent around the top from being fired. The case is complete but does not retain its shiny original brass colour but does have some brass colour still left but it has a bit discoloured and is a bit rusty from being buried it still has all of its stamps and markings on the bottom of it all perfectly clear it is in very nice condition for a battlefield recovered case. The case was recovered from near Bialystok which was a Russian pocket of resistance in Poland during Operation Barbarossa June 1941 the German invasion of Russia.
The Battle of Białystok–Minsk was a German strategic operation conducted by the Army Group Centre under the command of Fedor Von Bock during the penetration of the Soviet border region in the opening stage of Operation Barbarossa lasting from 22 June to 3 July 1941. Its goal, the encirclement and destruction of the Red Army's Western Front forces around Bialystok and Minsk, was accomplished. All major Soviet counter-attacks and break-through attempts failed, and the defenders were defeated, allowing for the Wehrmacht to take many Soviet prisoners German losses were very light compared to the Russians. Bialystok is now in modern Day Poland.