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This is a fantastic condition battlefield recovered British 4.5 inch howitzer shell case very good condition it still retains its brass colour but has a lot of discolour and damage around the top edges from being buried and dirt remains on the inside. The case still has all of its original markings on the bottom nice and clear to see including the date 1915 with its primer dated April 1917 over all a fantastic condition for a recovered case from the battlefield .The case was recovered in 2013 from Bourlon Woods the November 1917 battle part of the Allied Cambrai offensive.
The attack on the Bourlon Woods was an operation that would be carried out by the Third Army under General Julian Byng in order to relieve pressure on the French front. The offensive consisted of an assault against the Germans’s on the Hindenburg line along a 10-mile (16-km) front some 8 miles (13 km) west of Cambrai. Nineteen British divisions were assembled for the offensive, supported by tanks (476 in all, of which about 378 were fighting tanks; the rest were supply and service vehicles) and five horsed Cavalry divisions. The attack lasted from the 20th November 1917 until 6th December 1917.