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  • French VB (Viven-Bessière) explosive rifle grenade blown half section nice clean relic recovered from the area of the Thiaumont Redoubt,west of Fort Douaumont the June-October 1916 battlefield in Verdun

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    This is a nice and rare find from the battlefield which is French VB (Viven-Bessière) explosive rifle grenade blown half section nice clean relic with some original colour. The grenade is completely inert and empty it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The grenade was recovered from the area of the Thiaumont Redoubt,west of Fort Douaumont the June-October 1916 battlefield in Verdun.

    On the 12th June 1916, this entrenched French position was a part of the terrain forming a salient west of Fort Douaumont, known as the "Thiaumont Redoubt".The Germans, planned to capture this location prior to launching their main offensive on the 23rd June 1916. The Germans captured the redoubt eventually after many weeks of fighting and massive casualties on both sides. On the 19th August they finally cleared the redoubt of all French soldiers then they fortified it and it was on the 24th October 1916 that it was finally re taken again by the French Army.

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