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IMPORTED AUTHENTIC WWII BATTLEFIELD
RECOVERED RELICS FROM EUROPE Terms
When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
RARE "Battlefield Dug"
Battle-Damaged" RELIC US "DOG-TAG" - ( Recovered NORMANDY
Sainte-Mere-Eglise ! )
RARE WW2 "Battlefield Dug" German "WEHRMACHT" RELIC "DKW" MOTORCYCLE Ignition KEY ! ( Recovered Historic STALINGRAD )
Here is a highly collectible original battlefield
dug German WW2 Motorcycle Key from Stalingrad ! On June 22, 1941 Germany
launched its Operation Barbarossa, the 3-million-man invasion of the
Soviet Union. During the campaigns that followed they served a variety
of functions including chauffeur service for officers, delivering
dispatches, even hot meals, as scouting patrols, as point vehicles
taking the brunt of battle, sometimes as specially equipped tank destroyers.
As with all motorcyclists, there was a kinship among these soldiers
who called themselves "kradmelder." They rode exposed without
the armor plating of the Panzers, without the safety of hundreds of
foot soldiers beside them. Moving targets as it were. Sniper magnets.
And then there were mine fields, artillery fire, and strafing aircraft
to contend with.
Ok here is a recent dig from Kurland that I may regret selling very soon. I have handled many of these over they years and have sold and currently own a beautiful silver example. If this is a bronze award it is the lightest example I have ever seen, and it appears in my opinion to be the extremely rare gold wash when in sunlight, which would make it priceless ! I believe this is possibly gold example and its a shame it is not complete but battle damaged proves it was actually awarded and not a hideaway cache. All these factors make it hard to price so being safe and pricing it only $50 above what I would a bronze badge in same condition. The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a German military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand-to-hand fighting in close quarters. The Close Combat Clasp was worn above the upper left uniform pocket. The clasp was die-cast and made of either tombac or later zinc, with a slightly curved centerpiece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade.
The award was bestowed in three classes:
ABSOLUTE RARITY !! "Battlefield Dug" German RELIC ELITE Waffen-SS 4 Year Long- Service AWARD MEDAL ! ( Recovered Narva Battlefield )
Here is a fine dug example of a cache of awards recovered in Narva of a very rare to find excavated German SS 4-year Long Service Medallion.The SS service medals were manufactured by two firms Deschler of Munich and Petz & Lorenz of Unterreichenbach. The medals were die struck and had a metal composition of different alloys such as bronze, tin, copper and zinc. All levels of the long service awards were held on blue ribbons.It was first introduced by Adolf Hitler on 30 January 1938, On its reverse side, each award had emblazoned the inscription, in German: FÜR TREUE DIENSTE IN DER SS("For Loyal Service in the SS"). The medal was awarded to SS members in the SS-Verfügungstruppe, SS-Totenkopfverbände and the SS-Junkerschule who served honorably and were on active service.The four-year and eight-year awards are the most common awards After defending the Narva bridgehead for six months, the German forces fell back to the Tannenberg Line in the hills ofSinimäed (Russian: ????? ????) on 26 July 1944. The three hills run east to west. The eastern hill was known to Estoniansas the Lastekodumägi (Orphanage Hill; Kinderheimhöhe in German). The central was the Grenaderimägi (Grenadier Hill; Grenadierhöhe) and the westernmost was the Tornimägi (Tower Hill, also known in German as or 69.9 or Liebhöhe (Love Hill)). The heights have steep slopes and rise 20–50 m above the surrounding land.The formations of Gruppenführer Felix Steiner's III SS (Germanic) Panzer Corps halted their withdrawal and moved into defensive positions on the hills. The 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland started digging in on the left (north) flank of the Tannenberg Line, units of the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian) in the centre, and the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division No b rdland on the right (south) flank. Another front section manned by the East Prussians of the 11th Infantry Division was situated a few kilometres further south, against the 8th Army in the Krivasoobridgehead.The Soviet Marshal Leonid Govorov considered the Tannenberg Line as the key position of Army Group North and concentrated the best forces of the Leningrad Front. Additional 122nd, 124th Rifle Corps and divisions from 117th Rifle Corps were subordinated to Gen. Ivan Fedyuninsky, commanding the 2nd Shock Army. The goal set by the War Council of the 2nd Shock Army was to break through the defense line of the III SS Panzer Corps at the Orphanage Hill, force their way to the town of Jõhvi in the west and reach the Kunda River by 1 August.To accomplish this, Govorov was ordered to destroy communications behind the German forces and conduct air assaults on the railway stations of Jõhvi and Tapa on 26 July.
RARE WW2 "Battlefield Dug" German "PANZERSCHRECK" Anti-Tank WEAPON "Trigger Assembly" ( Recovered Historic Seelow Heights )
Extremely rare and collectible Battlefield found relic German WW2 Anti-Tank Weapon PANZERSCHRECK Trigger assembly that was recovered Battle of Seelow Heights. A fantastic relic that doubtless will rarely come available again soon. So don't let it get away ! Panzerschreck (lit. "tank fright", "tank's fright" or "tank's bane") was the popular name for the Raketenpanzerbüchse(abbreviated to RPzB), an 88 mm calibre reusable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by Nazi Germany in World War II. Another popular nickname was Ofenrohr ("stove pipe").[The Panzerschreck was designed as a lightweight infantry anti-tank weapon. The weapon was shoulder-launched and fired a fin-stabilized rocket with a shaped-charge warhead. It was made in smaller numbers than the Panzerfaust, which was a disposable recoilless gun firing an anti-tank warhead. It was an enlarged copy of the American bazooka. The Battle of the Seelow Heights (German: Schlacht um die Seelower Höhen) was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945), one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army,commanded by GeneralTheodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights were where the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.
RARE Ground Dug RELIC Battle Damaged WW2 German MP-44 STG-44 " Storm Rifle " MACHINE GUN Part ! ( Excavated the Kessel - Army Group North )
Here is a very cool relic that will display
nice in your war room. The battle damaged receiver section part of
the MP-44 was ground dug near the surrender area of Army Group North.
In the middle of October 1944, about 500,000 soldiers -- 32 German
divisions and the 20,000 men of the Latvian Nineteenth Division of
the Elit forces -- were cut off from the rest of the German army and
encircled. To the east and the south was the Soviet army, to the north
and the west -- the Baltic Sea. The Latvians called it Kurzemes katls,
the Kurland kettle; the Germans called it Festung Kurland, Fortress
Kurland. For the Nineteenth Division Kurland was truly the last stand.
They took part in six major battles between October 12, 1944, and
April 3, 1945. Together with the German army units they on the whole
held the front line, keeping the Bolsheviks out of Kurland, until
May 8, 1945, when Germany capitulated. These soldiers remained undefeated
until the final moments of the war, im Felde unbesiegt, as the Germans
say. In one of the last battles, Captain Miervaldis Adamsons' company
in a single 24-hour period repelled seven attacks by the Russians,
and after the battle the bodies of 400 fallen Soviet soldiers could
be counted in front of the Latvians' unconquered positions. Soviet
documents show that Stalin threw division after division into the
Kurland inferno, disregarding the appallingly high losses. According
to German estimates, the Soviet army lost 320,000 soldiers -- including
those fallen, wounded, and taken prisoner -- and 2388 tanks, 659 planes,
900 cannons, and 1440 machine-guns.
RARE CHANCE TO OWN A "Historic"
PIECE OF A WW2 "Panzer STUG-3 Tank"
Here is an incredible battle damaged displayable section of a WW2 German Panzer Stug-3 Tank Main Wheel Rim section that was cut from a blown apart wheel from a destroyed STUG 3 Tank from the Kurland Pocket Battlefield. Overall, the Sturmgeschütz series assault guns proved very successful and served on all fronts as assault guns and tank destroyers. Although Tigers and Panthers have earned a greater notoriety, assault guns collectively destroyed more tanks. Because of their low silhouette, StuG IIIs were easy to camouflage and a difficult target. Sturmgeschütz crews were considered to be the elite of the artillery units and claimed to have knocked out 20,000 tanks by 1944. The last grand battle in Courland began on 16 March during the spring thaw and lasted until 30 March. During the 6th battle alone, the Soviets suffered 74,000 casualties; 263 tanks were destroyed. The Germans near Saldus were pushed back a few miles. The 19th Division was replaced by a few German units and was used to counter-attack the Soviet breakthrough. It stemmed the Soviet advance and regained some of the positions lost by the GermansKurland Pocket Battlefield area.At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.
Incredible Artifact ! How often do you get a chance to own a WW2 German Teil Pz. Kpfw. II TANK Muzzle Brake Flash Protector from the end of a tank barrel that was dug at Stalingrad ? In 1934, delays in the design and production of the Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks were becoming apparent. Designs for a stopgap tank were solicited from Krupp, MAN, Henschel, and Daimler-Benz. The final design was based on the Panzer I, but larger, and with a turret mounting a 20 mm anti-tank gun. Production began in 1935, but it took another eighteen months for the first combat-ready tank to be delivered. The Panzer II was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France, until it was supplemented by the Panzer III and IV in 1940/41. Afterwards, it was used to great effect as a reconnaissance tank. The Panzer II was used in the German campaigns in Poland, France, the Low Countries, Denmark, Norway, North Africa and the Eastern Front. After being removed from front-line duty, it was used for training and on secondary fronts. The chassis was used for a number of self-propelled guns including the Wespe and Marder II.The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe.Marked by constant close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians by air raids, it is often regarded as one of the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.7–2 million wounded, killed or captured) battles in the history of warfare.The heavy losses inflicted on the German Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war.It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II; German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to replace their losses.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in late summer 1942, using the German 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. The fighting degenerated into house-to-house fighting, and both sides poured reinforcements into the city. By mid-November 1942, the Germans had pushed the Soviet defenders back at great cost into narrow zones along the west bank of the Volga River.
Here is a fantastic artifact from Stalingrad. A WW2 German artillery distance target marker from Stalingrad ! Original paint very visible. The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia, on the eastern boundary of Europe.Marked by constant close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians by air raids, it is often regarded as one of the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest (1.7–2 million wounded, killed or captured) battles in the history of warfare.The heavy losses inflicted on the German Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war.It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II; German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to replace their losses.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in late summer 1942, using the German 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. The fighting degenerated into house-to-house fighting, and both sides poured reinforcements into the city. By mid-November 1942, the Germans had pushed the Soviet defenders back at great cost into narrow zones along the west bank of the Volga River.
FANTASTIC FIND ! Original WW2 RUSSIAN
IL-2 Fighter AIRCRAFT MACHINE GUN Rounds "Battle-Damaged"
! ( Recovered Historic STALINGRAD )
$ 45 for all !
RARE "Battlefield Dug" RELIC German WW2 SS-PANZER SKULLS for Collar Tabs ! ( Recovered Radzymin, Battlefield Eastern Front )
Here is a great pair of battlefield excavated German Panzer Tank Commander's Skulls for Collar Tab Insignia. The Battle of Radzymin was one of a series of engagements between the Red Army's 1st Byelorussian Front and theWehrmacht Heer's XXXIXth Panzer Corps that occurred as part of the Lublin-Brest Offensive between 1 and 10 August 1944 at the conclusion of the Belorussian strategic offensive operation near the town of Radzymin in the vicinity of Warsaw, part of which entailed a large tank battle at Wolomin. It was the largest tank battle on the territories of Poland during World War II.Approach of the Red Army forces into the proximity of Warsaw served to initiate the Warsaw Uprising by the Home Army with expectation of help from the Red Army. The battle ended with Soviet's defeat; it is unclear to what extent this defeat contributed to Soviet's decision not to aid the Warsaw Uprising.
$ 140 for the pair
Here is a rarity ! Would be a nice addition
to the collection. How often do you have a chance to own a "frozen
in time relic bullet round that was dug from a tree from the fierce
fighting for survival of the Soldat surrouded in Kurland Pocket ?
From late October to December 1944, the Nordland Division fought fierce
defensive battles in the Kurland Pocket. Though the division had been
assembled at Priekule for a breakout to the south, the Red Army had
become aware of the German intentions. On 16 October 1944, the battles
for Kurland Pocket began when Soviet troops met the division’s
attack with full force. Nevertheless, the division was able to hold
their positions. During a second attempt to break the German forces
in Kurland, the division was able to maintain its lines.
INCREDIBLE BATTLE DAMAGE !! A Battlefield Dug German ARMY Wehrmacht SD / M35 HELMET ( Recovered Kharkov Battlefield EASTERN FRONT )
Here is a great display relic ! A battlefield
dug German WW2 Wehrmacht Helmet Battle Damaged with multiple strikes
! At the time of the counterattack, Manstein could count on the Fourth
Panzer Army, composed of XLVIII Panzer Corps, the SS Panzer Corps.
and the First Panzer Army, with the XL and LVII Panzer Corps. The
XLVIII Panzer Corps was composed of the 6th, 11th and 17th Panzer
Divisions, while the SS Panzer Corps was organized with the 1st SS,
2nd SS and 3rd SS Panzer Division.In early February, the combined
strength of the SS Panzer Corps was an estimated 20,000 soldiers.
The Fourth Panzer Army and the First Panzer Army were situated south
of the Red Army's bulge into German lines, with the First Panzer Army
to the east of the Fourth Panzer Army. The SS Panzer Corps was deployed
along the northern edge of the bulge, on the northern front of Army
Group South. The Germans were able to amass around 70,000 men against
the 210,000 Red Army soldiers. The German Wehrmacht was understrength,
especially after continuous operations between June 1942 and February
1943, to the point where Hitler appointed a committee made up of Field
Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Martin Bormann and Hans Lammers, to recruit
800,000 new able-bodied men—half of whom would come from "nonessential
industries".However, the effects of this recruitment were not
seen until around May 1943, when the German armed forces were at their
highest strength since the beginning of the war, with 9.5 million
personnel. By the start of 1943 Germany's armored forces had sustained
heavy casualties.It was unusual for a Panzer Division to field more
than 100 tanks, and most averaged only 70–80 serviceable tanks
at any given time. After the fighting around Kharkov, Heinz Guderian
embarked on a program to bring Germany's mechanized forces up to strength.
Despite his efforts, a German panzer division could only count on
an estimated 10,000–11,000 personnel, out of an authorized strength
of 13,000–17,000. Only by June did a panzer division begin to
field between 100–130 tanks each. SS divisions were normally
in better shape, with an estimated 150 tanks, a battalion of self-propelled
assault guns and enough half-tracks to motorize most of its infantry
and reconnaissance soldiers. and these had an authorized strength
of an estimated 19,000 personnel. At this time, the bulk of Germany's
armor was still composed of Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs, although the
2nd SS Panzer Division had been outfitted with a number of Tiger I
tanks. The Fourth Panzer Army was commanded by General Hermann Hoth,
while the First Panzer Army fell under the leadership of General Eberhard
von Mackensen. The 6th, 11th and 17th Panzer Divisions were commanded
by Generals Walther von Hünersdorff, Hermann Balck and Fridolin
von Senger und Etterlin, respectively. The SS Panzer Corps was commanded
by General Paul Hausser, who also had the 3rd SS Panzer (Totenkopf)
Division under his command.
RARE to FIND ! WW2 Authentic BATTLEFIELD DUG RELIC German BATTLEFIELD FIRED ! ARTILLERY Shell ( Recovered Kurland Pocket )
Here is a chance to own an Eastern front artifact that was dug at Kurland-Kessel. A Battle-fired Artillery German Shell ! At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.
RARE AND HISTORIC ! WW2 Battlefield
Dug RELIC US 30th Division M1 Fixed Bale HELMET "Battle Damaged"
Here is a historic US archeology artifact. A Battlefield Dug US 30th Division M1 Helmet that was recovered St.Lo France. These are getting very difficult to get anymore and every collection should have a battlefield dug example ! The 30th Division was committed to its baptism of fire on 15 June 1944, in a sector previously occupied by the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, with its first headquarters being established at a point just one mile south of Isigny, after leaving Omaha Beach. A few small communities were liberated, the Vire et Taute Canal crossed, and the first town, St. Jean-de-Daye, was liberated on 7 July. The Battle for St. LO had begun seriously on 3 July, continuing on for the next few days with fierce hedgerow fighting. In preparation for this great decisive battle, the 30th Infantry Division was assigned the formidable task of taking the high ground, a ridge, just to the west of St. LO.This was accomplished by 20 July, and thus denied the Germans of their prime observation positions overlooking St. LO, which had been the major deterrent for the 29th Division to enter and liberate the City of St. LO.With St. LO liberated and in the hands of the 29th Infantry Division, the next major task for the 30th Infantry Division was to create a major breach in the German defensive line, running parallel to the St. LO - Periers highway. This was called "Operation Cobra". Reorganization had taken place during the short lull in the battle while pre-paring for Operation Cobra which included filling the ranks with new replacements, caused by the many casualties endured in the past month. Each individual and unit was re-supplied with additional equipment and ammunition, in anticipation of the expansion after the planned breakthrough.
WOW !!! RARE WW2 "Battlefield" Dug German Wehrmacht Flammenwerfer "FLAMETHROWER 35/41" BATTLE-DAMAGED Relic Barrel ! ( Recovered Battlefield STALINGRAD )
Here is an extremely rare battlefield dug
relic German WW2 Battlefield Dug Flammenwerfer-35/41 Flamethrower
barrel from Historic Stalingrad. I have never had an opportunity to
own one of these ultra-rare relics and not too anxious to part with
it. The Flamethrower was first used by the Germans in World War I.
But by World War II the Axis and allies were using flamethrowers.
The German flamethrower was used against fortifications or entrenched
positions. The flamethrower was highly feared. The flamethrower was
very heavy and if hit by explosives, shrapnel, bullets, or anything
extra, the Operator would go up in flames. The flamethrower was a
very dangerous role in the armies. The flamethrower had two tanks
one held a flammable liquid the other nitrogen (sometimes differed).
But when two pushed together through a tube it ignited and caused
the flame. The flamethrower weighed about 79 pounds. The Flammenwerfer
35, or FmW 35 (flame thrower) was a one-man German flamethrower used
during World War II to clear out trenches and buildings. It could
project fuel up to 25 metres from the user.It weighed 35.8 kilograms
(79 lb), and held 11.8 litres (2.6 imp gal; 3.1 US gal) of flaming
oil, (Flammöl 19), petrol mixed with tar to make it heavier and
to give it better range, which was ignited by a hydrogen torch providing
about 10 seconds of continuous use. The firing device is activated
at the same time with the Selbstschlussventil and is inside the protective
pipe. The Flammenwerfer 35 was produced until 1941, when the lighter,
slightly redesigned Flammenwerfer 41 began replacing it. Though initially
successful, the German attacks stalled in the face of Soviet reinforcements
brought in from across the Volga. The 13th Guards Rifle Division,
assigned to counterattack at the Mamayev Kurgan and at Railway Station
No. 1 suffered particularly heavy losses. Over 30 percent of its soldiers
were killed in the first 24 hours, and just 320 out of the original
10,000 survived the entire battle. Both objectives were retaken, but
only temporarily. The railway station changed hands 14 times in six
hours. By the following evening, the 13th Guards Rifle Division had
ceased to exist.Combat raged for three days at the giant grain elevator
in the south of the city. About fifty Red Army defenders, cut off
from resupply, held the position for five days and fought off ten
different assaults before running out of ammunition and water. Only
forty dead Soviet fighters were found, though the Germans had thought
there were many more due to the intensity of resistance. The Soviets
burned large amounts of grain during their retreat in order to deny
the enemy food. Paulus chose the grain elevator and silos as the symbol
of Stalingrad for a patch he was having designed to commemorate the
battle after a German victory.