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This is a part of a group of items recovered in 2022 from an old German ammunition bunker site which was blown up by the Russians after it was captured this is why most of the items are battle-damaged. This is a nice condition German 5cm Pak 38 anti-tank gun steel shell case. The case is steel made with some of its original brass wash clear to see it is in very nice relic condition it is still very solid it does not have many rust holes but has a few around the neck it is also damaged around the neck from the force of the explosion when the dump blew up. On the base of the case which has cleaned up very well it still has some of its maker markings but not many also the case is complete with its primer which not much of the markings can be seen and on the inside is near perfect condition with its brass colour the rare bit it still has a lot of its original brass colour on the outside but it has discolored a bit as well from being buried it is a bit pitted as well the case has been very well cleaned it is perfect to display or and a rare one for any collection to get such a nice condition 5cm pak 38 case from the battlefield. The shell case is empty and inert and was recovered from a German ammunition storage bunker which on the information cards you can see what one of these bunkers looked like being made and the plans for one also on the card is photographs of the recovery of some of the items as they were recovered from the bunker complex this year. The ammunition dump site around Udria was the location of multiple bunkers which were blown up by the Russian Army after capture. Originally used by SS artillery Regiment 11 of the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland. Originally a rear area storage area for Narva itself, the battle of February-June 1944.This was also the rear area of the German Panther line from July until August 1944 it was part of the battlefield in front of the Tannenberg line on the Northern coast of Estonia from the Narva battlefield in Estonia. The item comes with A5 laminated information card with many pictures.
The Battle of Narva took place from February 2, 1944 - August 10, 1944. Basically, the only reason for this battle was Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin wanted the area around Narva (Estonia) for an air base and an entrance for the invasion of Prussia. However, things didn't go as Stalin planned. The German Army hit the Soviets fast and hard resulting in 480,000 casualties compared to Germany's 68,000. The German forces involved the battle were III SS (Germanic) Panzer Corps XXVI Army Corps XXXXIII Army Corps Eastern sector, coastal defence. The 3rd (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps their order battle as of the 15th June 1944 was 103rd SS Heavy Panzer Battalion, SS Nordland Division also 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS 1st Estonian and 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Brigade Netherlands.