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IMPORTED AUTHENTIC WWII BATTLEFIELD
RECOVERED RELICS FROM EUROPE Terms
When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
RARE WWII Ground Dug "Battlefield"
RELIC German KRIEGSMARINE or WHERMACHT MOTORCYCLE " BMW Zundapp"
Rear LICENSE PLATE !
RARE WWII Ground Dug "Battlefield"
RELIC German KRIEGSMARINE or WHERMACHT MOTORCYCLE " BMW Zundapp"
LICENSE PLATE !
HISTORIC EASTERN FRONT FIND !!
German WW2 MP38/40 "SUB-MACHINE GUN" RELIC PIECES ! ( Battlefield
Recovered Kurland Pocket )
HISTORIC RELICS ! 9 Ground Dug
Battlefield RELIC US MG "Rounds" that were recovered ( BASTOGNE,
BATTLE OF THE BULGE )
VIETNAM Excavated RELIC US M6 M7
Bayonet / Knife in Battle Damaged Condition !
COOL RELIC ! - Battlefield Excavated
"Battle Damaged" GERMAN WWII STICK GRENADE HEAD RELIC- (
Recovered Kurland Pocket Battlefield Eastern Front )
EXTREMELY RARE AND COLLECTIBLE
- German WWII Battlefield Dug Relic - GERMAN SS PANZER Helmet Shell
M35/40 Large Size ! - ( Recovered Walomin Battle Area )
RARE Lot of GERMAN WWII PANZER
TANK CORPS Items - Panzer Tank Officer Collar tab and THROAT Microphone
Relics ! - ( Recovered Radzymin Battlefield )
INCREDIBLE Ground Dug WWII German
Battle Damaged Waffen-SS Elite EM Maker Marked BUCKLE !
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ! Original Ground Dug Relic GERMAN WAFFEN-SS Battlefield Find ! - Large Size 66 M42 SD Raw Edge HELMET ( Recovered Kurland Battlefield Surrender Site )
Here is another relic helmet from the collection
that was dug in Kurland. The M42 raw edge helmet has the "roof"
Priced right with the highly desireable visible SD SS Runes.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 WW2 Ground Dug Relic German
"Whermacht" 205th Infantry "Mushroom" Division
"TRENCH ART" Mess Kit Lid and RARE INSIGNIA Lot
HISTORIC Relic WWII GERMAN "WHERMACHT"
Army MOTORCYCLE REAR PLATE with part of an inspection stamp visible
- IS 305719 - Unit stationed Hannover-Prussia Province ( Austrian
INCREDIBLE HISTORY ! Ground Dug
WWII German WHERMACHT 371st Infantry Division TROOP PLACEMENT ROAD
SIGN - ( Excavated STALINGRAD-Kessel - Russian Front )
HISTORIC RELICS! Ground Dug BATTLEFIELD Lot of EXTREMELY RARE German Medals ! - ( Recovered Bastogne, Battlefield 12th SS HJ Positions )
Absolutely Museum quality collection from a veteran who metal detected Bastogne while stationed in Belgium in the 70's. The Lot will be sold separately as collectors of different categories maywant to add a piece. Hitlerjugend was given a brief respite, but received virtually no reinforcements or equipment. The division was soon thrown back into battle, and took part in the fighting withdrawal to the Franco-Belgian border. By September 1944, the division counted less than 2,000 men, without armour or heavy equipment. On 6 September, Kurt Meyer was captured by Belgian partisans. Meyer had removed his SS uniform and was wearing the uniform of a regular German army officer. In the confusion of the withdrawal, the division was unable to undertake a rescue attempt. SS-Obersturmbannführer Hubert Meyer was placed in command of the division.In November 1944, the division was pulled out of the line and sent to Neinburg in Germany, where it was to be reformed. The majority of the much-needed reinforcements were transferred Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine personnel, and the reformed division would never match the elite status it had boasted in the spring of 1944. Late in the month, Hubert Meyer was replaced by SS-Obersturmbannführer Hugo Kraas, and the division was attached to SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich's 6.SS-Panzer-Armee, which was forming up for Operation Wacht Am Rhein (the Second Battle of the Ardennes, popularly known as the Battle of the Bulge), a large-scale offensive to recapture Antwerp and halt the Allied advance.The operation opened on 16 December 1944. Kampfgruppe Peiper from the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler led the assault, breaking through the enemy lines. The HJ, which was to follow the Kampfgruppe and exploit the breakthrough, became bogged down in traffic jams caused by the 12.Volksgrenadier-Division. When the division reached the front, it was met with heavy resistance from American troops stationed on the Elsenborn Ridge. Despite several intense efforts, the division could not budge the American defenders. As a result, the division was ordered to swing left and follow the advance line of the remainder of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. American defenders prevented the division from reaching its objective, and after the destruction of Kampfgruppe Peiper, the advance of Dietrich's army altogether. Near the end of the year, the HJ was shifted south to take part in the efforts to capture Bastogne, and saw heavy fighting around the city. By 18 January 1945, the HJ, along with all the German forces, had been pushed back to its starting positions. Don't let this rare opportunity get away to add historic Bastogne SS soldier artifacts to your personal collection. Bastogne Battlefield Recovered 12TH SS HITLER JUGEND Positions.
- German Panzer Tank Badge - SOLD
- German Close Combat Award Badge - SOLD
- "Rare" German Anti-Aircraft Badge - SOLD
ARTIFACT ! - Battlefield Relic German Officer RELIC LUGER PISTOL P08
- ( Recovered Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge 12th SS Hitler Youth Positions
"Highly Collectible and IMPRESSIVE
AND EXTREMELY RARE " ELITE German Waffen-SS TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE
or HALFTRACK Large Front License Plate
At this time Noville was taking a beating.
The Germans were pounding the village with everything they had. The
piercing whistle of incoming projectiles followed by the sounds of
their explosions assaulted our ears. Their blasts buffeted our bodies.
The sharp, bitter smell of the exploded powder invaded our nostrils.
Buildings were severely damaged. Wounded were walking or being carried
to the battalion aid station. If the enemy could take the village
quickly he would have freedom to continue his advance to the west,
where he was ordered to seize crossings over the Meuse River, or a
straight road into Bastogne provided that he could break through the
other battalions of the 506th
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ! Original
WW2 German "Whermacht" MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATE with INSPECTION
STAMP ! ( Berlin )
HISTORIC RELIC WWII "Battle
Damaged" BRITISH MK HELMET Recovered Normandy - Severe Battlefield
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ! Original
Ground Dug Relic GERMAN WAFFEN-SS Battle - Damaged M42 SD Raw Edge
HELMET Remains with Terrific Damage ! ( Recovered Kurland Battlefield
Surrender Site )
INCREDIBLE RELIC FROM STALINGRAD
! Ground Dug WWII Relic RUSSIAN ( Sniper Protection ) BODY ARMOR (
Complete with both sections ! )
RARE TO FIND ! Battlefield "
SHRAPNEL STRUCK" Fascist ITALIAN Volunteer HELMET SHELL - ( Recovered
-GOTHIC LINE, Italy )
Here is an incredible Battlefield found German Luftwaffe helmet with DD. The M40 helmet is in solid condition with both decals highly visible. 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.
Here is an extremely nice condition relic battlefield excavated german ww2 "raw edge" model 1942 type helmet with clear SS runes SD helmet. The helmet is a large size and still retains the liner ring remnants. This is one of the better ones and almost stayed in my personal collection.The Courland Pocket referred to the Red Army's blockade or encirclement of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula during the closing months of World War II. The Soviet commander was General Bagramyan (later Marshal Bagramyan). The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North (German: Heeresgruppe Nord) from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Army Group Courland (German: Heeresgruppe Kurland) on 25 January, the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe.
Here is a highly sought after WW2 German HALFTRACK license plate relic that was recovered in Courland Pocket at the surrender site of Army Group North. The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was an armored fighting vehicle designed and first built by the Hanomag company during World War II, and based on their earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle. The larger of the pair (the Sd.Kfz. 250 being the lighter one) of the fully armored wartime half-tracks of the Wehrmacht, the Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed to transport the panzergrenadiers of the German mechanized infantry corps into battle. Sd.Kfz. 251s were the most widely produced German half-tracks of the war, with over 15,252 vehicles and variants produced by various manufacturers, and were commonly referred to simply as "Hanomags" by both German and Allied soldiers. These incredible award medals were rocovered all together in a pit at the surrender site of the German Army Group North trapped inside the Courland Pocket and are in various condition of dug. Army Group Courland (German: Heeresgruppe Kurland) was a German Army Group on the Eastern Front which was created from remnants of the Army Group North, isolated in the Courland Peninsula by the advancing Soviet Army forces during the 1944 Baltic Offensive of the Second World War. The army group remained isolated until the end of World War II in Europe. All units of the Army Group were ordered to surrender by the capitulated Wehrmacht command on 8 May 1945. At the time agreed for all German armed forces to end hostilities (see the German Instrument of Surrender, 1945), the Sixteenth and Eighteenth armies of Army Group Courland, commanded by General (of Infantry) Carl Hilpert, ended hostilities at 23:00 on 8 May 1945 surrendering to Leonid Govorov commander of the Leningrad Front. By the evening of 9 May 1945 189,000 German troops, including 42 officers in the rank of general, in the Courland Pocket had surrendered.
WOW ! Freshly swamp dug HISTORICAL FIND ! WW2 German SS PANZER CORPS M40 SD HELMET - ( Recovered Berlin Battlefields )
Here is the most affordable priced low original SS SD M40 large size helmet for the collector that does not want to pay the huge amounts that come with every condition grade that increases into the 10s of thousands for the pristine examples. I say give me the affordable examples always that come with the history of knowing "they were there" in the last hours on the battlefield fighting to the last ditch. This helmet was recently dug in a bog near Seelow heights. The runes became nicely visible beneath as the mud was worked away. The helmet was a crown rust through but is a learge size and solid around the base it displays incredible.... Before being encircled, the Ninth Army had already suffered heavy losses in the Battle of the Seelow Heights. It is estimated that at the start of the encirclement it had fewer than 1,000 guns and mortars, 79 tanks and probably a total of 150–200 combat-ready armoured fighting vehicles left. In all there were about 80,000 men in the pocket, the majority of whom were members of the Ninth Army consisting of the XI SS Panzer Corps, V SS Mountain Corps and the newly acquired V Corps, but there were also the Frankfurt Garrison The number of tanks reported included 36 tanks in XI SS Panzer Corps, including up to 14 King Tigers of the 502nd SS Heavy Panzer Battalion Air supply was attempted on April 25 and 26, but could not be carried out because the planes that had taken off could not find the drop point for supply, and no contact to the encircled army could be established.The pocket into which the Ninth Army had been pushed by troops of the 1st Belorussian Front and 1st Ukrainian Front was a region of lakes and forest in the Spree Forest south-east of Fürstenwalde.. The Soviets, having broken through and surrounded their primary objective of Berlin then turned to mopping up those forces pushed into the pocket. On the afternoon of April 25 the Soviet 3rd, 33rd, and 69th Armies as well as the 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps (which was a formation capable of infiltration through difficult terrain such as forests), following orders issued by Marshal Georgy Zhukov the commander of the 1st Belorussian Front, attacked the pocket from the north east. Konev knew that to break out to the west the Ninth Army would have to cross the Berlin–Dresden autobahn south of a chain of lakes starting at Teupitz and running north-east. On the same day as Zhukov's attack in the north-east, he sent the 3rd Guards Army to support the 28th Army which was ready to close the likely breakout route over the Berlin–Dresden autobahn.
RARE Ground Dug Relic BATTLEFIELD DAMAGED German WAFFEN-SS - M35/SD - Lots of Original Paint ! ( Recovered Kurland Pocket, Eastern Front )
Here is a ground dug ww2 battlefield relic German Waffen-SS Helmet Shell from the Hewerdine Collection that was recovered at the surrender site of Army Group North. Army Group Courland (German: Heeresgruppe Kurland) was a German Army Group on the Eastern Front which was created from remnants of the Army Group North, isolated in the Courland Peninsula by the advancing Soviet Army forces during the 1944 Baltic Offensive of the Second World War. The army group remained isolated until the end of World War II in Europe. All units of the Army Group were ordered to surrender by the capitulated Wehrmacht command on 8 May 1945. At the time agreed for all German armed forces to end hostilities (see the German Instrument of Surrender, 1945), the Sixteenth and Eighteenth armies of Army Group Courland, commanded by General (of Infantry) Carl Hilpert, ended hostilities at 23:00 on 8 May 1945 surrendering to Leonid Govorov commander of the Leningrad Front. By the evening of 9 May 1945 189,000 German troops, including 42 officers in the rank of general, in the Courland Pocket had surrendered.
RECOVERY ! Ground Dug WW2 Battlefield GERMAN ARMY ( "Whermacht"
) " HALFTRACK " LICENSE PLATE ! ( Courland Pocket, Eastern
Front Battlefield )
NICE Ground Dug RELIC German CLOSE COMBAT BADGE with Clasp ! - ( Recovered Courland Pocket, Surrender Site Army Group North )
Nice condition German Close Combat Award Badge excavated near the surrender site of Army Group North Courland. 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.
THIS HISTORIC MUSEUM
RELIC is very hard to part with ! - Ground Dug
Relic BATTLE-DAMAGED "Heavy" Russian MAXIM MACHINE GUN Barrel
FANTASTIC PIECE OF HISTORY ! Ground Dug Relic Find - GERMAN POW CAMP Issued ID TAG for a PRISONER OF STALAG VIII Section C. ( Sagan, Poland )
Here is a very cool relic dog tag issued by a German POW camp to a captured POW of one of many allied forces that were interred in Stalag VIII-C. Stalag VIII-C was a German World War II prisoner-of-war camp, near Sagan, Germany, (now Żagań, Poland). It was adjacent to the famous Stalag Luft III, and was built at the beginning of World War II, occupying 48 ha (120 acres). The camp was built in September 1939 to house several thousand Polish prisoners from the German September 1939 offensive. In a ruthless breach of the Third Geneva Convention most of these prisoners were deprived of their P.O.W. status in June 1940 and transferred to labor camps. French and Belgian soldiers taken prisoner during the Battle of France took their place, many of them from Algeria, Morocco and Senegal. In 1941 more prisoners arrived from the Balkans Campaign mostly British, Canadian, Greek and Yugoslav. These were followed by Soviet prisoners from Operation Barbarossa. In late 1941 nearly 50,000 prisoners were crowded into space designed for one third that number. Conditions were appalling, starvation, epidemics and ill-treatment took a heavy toll of lives. By early 1942 the Soviet prisoners had been transferred to other camps, particularly to Stalag VIII-E, Neuhammer. New prisoners arrived form the Western Desert Campaign in north Africa, especially after the fall of Tobruk in December 1941. These were principally Australians, South Africans (both white and black) and Poles.
RARE German WW2 Large TROOP TRANSPORT Vehicle LICENSE PLATE Marked "LEIPZIG POLIZEI" with securing pipe and reflector still attached ! ( Recovered Leipzig by Czech Digger )
Here is a just arrived highly collectible large size troop transport vehicle license plate that would be an incredible research piece. The plate is WW2 Nazi proofmarked stamped " Leipzig Polezei " and still retains the attachment devices. The relic helmet and goggles in the picture also arrived and are sold separately. ( Please contact me if interested in these items ) During World War II, Leipzig was repeatedly attacked by British as well as American air raids. The most severe attack was launched by the Royal Air Force in the early hours of December 4, 1943 and claimed more than 1,800 lives. Large parts of the city center were destroyed, while factories experienced temporary shortfalls in production, had to move production facilities or even were decentralized. At the outbreak of the war, Leipzig had more than 700,000 inhabitants and was therefore the sixth-largest city of the “Greater German Reich” (including Vienna). Leipzig additionally had significance by hosting the leading trade fair ofthe German Empire. The Erla Maschinenwerk. aircraft factory that produced Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter planes at the three locations of Heiterblick, Abtnaundorf and Mockau were important for warfare. Additionally, Leipzig was an important railroad intersection in Germany at that time.
INCREDIBLE HISTORIC ARTIFACT !
- Ground Dug BATTLEFIELD Recovered "EXPLODED" US "BROWNING
1919 Machine Gun" Section - ( Battlefield of Bastogne )
EXTREMELY RARE "Battlefield" Dug WW2 RUSSIAN ID TAG - 10th Russian Guards Regiment ( Excavation Recovered Kurland Battlefield )
On 16 October, Hitler permitted the pulling
back of the front. With this came the evacuation of Riga and
the transfer of 100,000 tons of material to the Kurland. This
just left two ports of supply, Libau at the southern edge of the Kurland
pocket and Windau in the northern half. Due to the build up
of forces for the Ardennes Offensive, Kurland did not receive reenforcments.
What resulted is the combatant force ratio of 11:1 to the disadvantage
of the German forces. The force ratio for armored vehicles was
7:1 in favor of the Russians; for artillery, it was 20:1. The
situation of the Luftwaffe was of course similar.
EXTREMELY RARE Ground Dug Lot of
WWI POLISH ARMY EAST Headquarters Breast Award ! and a RARE WWI 1ST
BRIGADE POLISH LEGION Breast Award !
HISTORIC "BATTLEFIELD" FIND ! Ground Dug AMERICAN Relic US M1 GARAND RIFLE CLIP - ( Excavated Bastogne, BATTLE OF THE BULGE )
Incredible Find ! These Authentic Ground
Dug Relic ( for display only ) This US M1 Garand Rifle Clip that was
excavated near Bastogne by a serviceman stationed in Belgium during
the 1980's. Incredible historic find of US history.By 21 December
the Germans had surrounded Bastogne, which was defended by the 101st
Airborne Division and Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division.
Conditions inside the perimeter were tough—most of the medical
supplies and medical personnel had been captured. Food was scarce,
and by 22 December artillery ammunition was restricted to 10 rounds
per gun per day. The weather cleared the next day, however, and supplies
(primarily ammunition) were dropped over four of the next five days.Despite
determined German attacks, however, the perimeter held. The German
commander, Lt. Gen. Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz requested
Bastogne's surrender. When Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, acting commander
of the 101st, was told of the Nazi demand to surrender, in frustration
he responded, "Nuts!" After turning to other pressing issues,
his staff reminded him that they should reply to the German demand.
One officer, Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard, noted that McAuliffe's initial
reply would be "tough to beat." Thus McAuliffe wrote on
the paper, which was typed up and delivered to the Germans, the line
he made famous and a morale booster to his troops: "NUTS!"
That reply had to be explained, both to the Germans and to non-American
Allies. Both 2nd Panzer and Panzer Lehr moved forward from Bastogne
after 21 December, leaving only Panzer Lehr's 901st Regiment to assist
the 26th Volksgrenadier Division in attempting to capture the crossroads.
The 26th VG received one panzergrenadier regiment from the 15th Panzergrenadier
Division on Christmas Eve for its main assault the next day. Because
it lacked sufficient troops and those of the 26th VG Division were
near exhaustion, the XLVII Panzer Corps concentrated its assault on
several individual locations on the west side of the perimeter in
sequence rather than launching one simultaneous attack on all sides.
The assault, despite initial success by its tanks in penetrating the
American line, was defeated and all the tanks destroyed. The next
day, 26 December, the spearhead of Gen. Patton's 4th Armored Division
broke through and opened a corridor to Bastogne. Don't let this chance
get away to add to your collection authentic Battle of the Bulge Relics
RARE "HISTORIC" Ground
Dug Relic Battlefield
GERMAN MP40 "Schmeisser" Sub-Machine GUN Artifact -
( Recovered Battle of the Bulge - Ardennes )
SPECTACULAR FIND ! A Battle
Damaged " MEMORIAL ID'D and BATTLE DAMAGED TRENCH ART Relic Russian
Canteen - RUSSIAN SNIPER HISTORY !
This WW2 Battlefield Found Russian Army Issue Flask that was recovered in Estonia from the eastern front battlefield of Narva in Russian held positions. The flask is ID'd to a Russian Sniper by the name of Ivan Bulatov. The etching on the flask details that he was drafted into the Russian Army in Nizneydinsk, Siberia. His time training camp was in 1944 before being sent to the front. I am assuming from the 2 sniper bullet strikes that he met his demise by possibly his opposite a German sniper. ? The trench art etching is incredible with the Russian Sniper shield Insignia and crosses rifles along with his dates of service. An absolutely incredible relic and research piece for your collection. Don't let this one get away or for me to decide to hold onto it .. : )
EXTREMELY RARE ! WWII Ground
Excavated Relic - GERMAN DRK "HEWER" DAGGER with Scabbard
and RED CROSS BUCKLE ! - ( Recovered Battle of Berlin - Seelow
RARE Ground Dug WW2 RELIC
GERMAN " FELDGENDARMERIE " GORGET Decoration ! - (
Recovered France, in the 1970's by Alain Rodeoux )
RARE Ground Dug Battlefield Relic German Waffen-SS SD M35 Helmet - ( Recovered Tannenberg Line , Russian Front )
Here is a rough but rare relic condition SD SS Waffen Helmet Shell Battlefield recovery from Tannenberg Line, Eastern Front. The helmet has some wicked battle damage and bullet strikes and displays incredible. The runes are faint but nicely visible. The Battle of Tannenberg Line (German: Die Schlacht um die Tannenbergstellung; Estonian: Sinimägede lahing; Russian: Битва за линию «Танненберг») was a military engagement between the German Army Detachment "Narwa" and the Soviet Leningrad Front fought for the strategically important Narva Isthmus from 25 July to 10 August 1944. The battle was fought on the Eastern Front during World War II. The strategic aim of the Soviet Estonian Operation was to reoccupy Estonia as a favourable base for invasions of Finland and East-Prussia. Several Western scholars refer to it as the Battle of the European SS for the 24 volunteer infantry battalions from Denmark, East Prussia, Flanders, Holland, Norway, and Wallonia within the Waffen-SS. Roughly a half of the infantry consisted of the local Estomia conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation. The German force of 22,250 men held off the Soviet advance of 136,830 troops. As the Soviet forces were constantly reinforced, the casualties of the battle were 150,000–200,000 wounded and dead Soviet troops and 157–164 Soviet tanks.
HISTORIC RECOVERY !! Ground Dug RELIC German WW2 "OST FRONT" Winter Award Medals - ( Recovered Surrender Site of Army Group North )
Here is a nice lot sold individually of Ground Dug WW2 German medal Winterschlacht im Osten 1941-42 awarded medals for survival of winter campaigns in Russia. These incredible award medals were rocovered all together in a pit at the surrender site of the German Army Group North trapped inside the Courland Pocket and are in various condition of dug. Army Group Courland (German: Heeresgruppe Kurland) was a German Army Group on the Eastern Front which was created from remnants of the Army Group North, isolated in the Courland Peninsula by the advancing Soviet Army forces during the 1944 Baltic Offensive of the Second World War. The army group remained isolated until the end of World War II in Europe. All units of the Army Group were ordered to surrender by the capitulated Wehrmacht command on 8 May 1945. At the time agreed for all German armed forces to end hostilities (see the German Instrument of Surrender, 1945), the Sixteenth and Eighteenth armies of Army Group Courland, commanded by General (of Infantry) Carl Hilpert, ended hostilities at 23:00 on 8 May 1945 surrendering to Leonid Govorov commander of the Leningrad Front. By the evening of 9 May 1945 189,000 German troops, including 42 officers in the rank of general, in the Courland Pocket had surrendered. Priced low for each medal !
NICE WW2 Relic Condition Battle Damaged GERMAN " NORMANDY CAMO Pattern " HELMET Shell
The helmet has a clear bullet strike in
the helmet forward. Rommel's defensive measures were also frustrated
by a dispute over armoured doctrine. In addition to his two army groups,
von Rundstedt also commanded the headquarters of Panzer Group
West under General Leo Geyr vor Schweppenburg (usually referred
to as von Geyr). This formation was nominally an administrative
HQ for von Rundstedt's armoured and mobile formations, but it was
later to be renamed Fifth Panzer Army and brought into the line in
Normandy. Von Geyr and Rommel disagreed over the deployment and use
of the vital Panzer divisions.Rommel recognised that the Allies would
possess air superiority and would be able to harass his movements
from the air. He therefore proposed that the armoured formations be
deployed close to the invasion beaches. In his words, it was better
to have one Panzer division facing the invaders on the first day,
than three Panzer divisions three days later when the Allies would
already have established a firm beachhead. Von Geyr argued for the
standard doctrine that the Panzer formations should be concentrated
in a central position around Paris and Rouen, and deployed en
masse against the main Allied beachhead when this had been identified.The
argument was eventually brought before Hitler for arbitration. He
characteristically imposed an unworkable compromise solution. Only
three Panzer divisions were given to Rommel, too few to cover all
the threatened sectors. The remainder, nominally under Von Geyr's
control, were actually designated as being in "OKW Reserve".
Only three of these were deployed close enough to intervene immediately
against any invasion of Northern France; the other four were dispersed
in southern France and the Netherlands. Hitler reserved to himself
the authority to move the divisions in OKW Reserve, or commit them
to action. On 6 June many Panzer division commanders were unable to
move because Hitler had not given the necessary authorisation, and
his staff refused to wake him upon news of the invasion.
FANTASTIC HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD
FIND ! Excavated WW2 German Whermacht Army "SDKFZ" HALFTRACK
ARMOURED VEHICLE License Plate !
EXTREMELY RARE ! WW2 Ground
Dug Relic German M35 Whermacht " SNOW CAMO " Helmet
- ( Recovered Courland Pocket Battlefield )
RARE ! WW2 German WAFFEN-SS
-"Nordland " MOTORCYCLE 2-Sided Official Stamped VEHICLE
LICENSE PLATE Relic ! - ( Recovered Kurland Pocket Battlefield )
INCREDIBLE RARE German ID TAG -
Waffen -SS Nazi 1st SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division
NARVA - ( Recovered Tannenberg Line Battlefield )
RARE Pacific Island Recovery - JAPANESE IMPERIAL ARMY HELMET Type 90 RELIC Condition !
The Battle of Okinawa,
codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu
Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific
War of World War II.The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April
until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the
Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large
island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for
air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded
Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th,
27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought
on the island while the 2nd Marine Division remained as an amphibious
reserve and was never brought ashore. The invasion was supported by
naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces. The battle has been referred
to as the "Typhoon of Steel" in English.The
nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of
kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the
sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted
the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties
in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Japan lost over 100,000
soldiers, who were either killed, captured or committed suicide, and
the Allies suffered more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds. Simultaneously,
tens of thousands of local civilians were killed, wounded, or committed
suicide. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused Japans
surrender just weeks after the end of the fighting at Okinawa.
NICE Ground Battlefield Excavated
WW2 German "LUFTWAFFE" Ground Troops RELIC - ( Stalingrad
Battlefield Recovery )
RARE WW2 Ground Dug
Relic German ANTI-TANK "Panzerschreck Shield" ! ( Kursk
Battlefield Recovery )
RARE Lot of German LUFTWAFFE FLYING
PERMITS - Ground Dug Relics - Recovered STALINGRAD POCKET
EXTREMELY RARE Ground Dug Condition BATTLEFIELD ARTIFACT - WWII German CC CLOSE COMBAT BADGE - FLL PEEKHAUS - ( Recovered BATTLE OF BERLIN )
Here is an extremely rare badge recovered from Seelow Heights. The badge is the zinc variety maker marked Peekhaus Berlin FLL in Circles.Broken bar pin and some oxidation of zinc but incredible relic that displays well. These are highly desireable in dug condition. The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, was the final major offensive of the European Theatre of World War II Starting on 16 January 1945, the Red Army breached the German front as a result of the Vistula–Oder Offensive and advanced westward as much as 40 kilometres a day, through East Prussia, Lower Silesia, East Pomerania, and Upper Silesia, temporarily halting on a line 60 kilometres east of Berlin along the Oder River. During the offensive, two Soviet fronts (army groups attacked Berlin from the east and south, while a third overran German forces positioned north of Berlin. The Battle in Berlin lasted from 20 April 1945 until the morning of 2 May.The first defensive preparations at the outskirts of Berlin were on 20 March, when the newly appointed commander of the Army Group Vistula, General Gotthard Heinrici correctly anticipated that the main Soviet thrust would be made over the Oder River. Before the main battle in Berlin commenced, the Soviets managed to encircle the city as a result of the battles of the Seelow Heights and Halbe. During 20 April 1945, the 1st Belorussian Front led by Marshal Georgy Zhukov started shelling Berlin's city centre, while Marshal Ivan Konev's 1st Ukrainian Front had pushed in the north through the last formations of Army Group Centre. The German defences were mainly led by Helmuth Weidling and consisted of several depleted, badly equipped, and disorganised Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS divisions, as well as many Volkssturm and Hitl Youth members. Within the next days, the Soviets were rapidly advancing through the city and were reaching the city centre, conquering the Reichstag on 30 April after fierce fighting. Before the battle was over, German Führer Adolf Hitler and a number of his followers committed suicide. The city's defenders finally surrendered on 2 May. However, fighting continued to the north-west, west and south-west of the city until the end of the war in Europe on 8 May (9 May in the Soviet Union) as German units fought westward so that they could surrender to the Western Allies rather than to the Soviets.
RARE Ground Dug Battlefield Relic
German Waffen-SS SD M35 Helmet - ( Recovered Tannenberg
Battle Line , Russian Front )
ABSOUTELY STUNNING ! Veteran
GI Bringback RELIC Large Size German M35/40 SS DD Solid
Condition with Liner and Leather !
WOW ! HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT WW2 MUSEUM LOT ! - Museum Provenance Tagged US 88TH ( BLUE DEVILS ) Division Battlefield Relic Lot - US M1 Helmet Shell and Liner along with a battle damaged mess kit lot ( Recovered Laiatico, Italy )
Here is an incredible offering. A museum lot of 88th Division items of the famed Blue Devil Division a Battlefield recovered Helmet and liner along with a battle damaged mess lit that was picked up in 1964 by a Staff Sergeant serving in Laiatico, Italy.The 88th Infantry Division was one of the first all draftee divisions to enter the war. Formed at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, the division arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco, 15 December 1943, and moved to Magenta, Algeria, on the 28th for intensive training. It arrived at Naples, Italy, 6 February 1944, and concentrated around Piedimonte d'Alife for combat training. An advance element went into the line before Cassino, 27 February, and the entire unit relieved British elements along the Garigliano River in the Minturno area, 5 March. A period of defensive patrols and training followed.On 11 May, the 88th drove north to take Spigno, Mount Civita, Itri, Fondi, and Roccagorga, reached Anzio, 29 May, and pursued the enemy into Rome, being the first American unit into the city on 4 June, after a stiff engagement on the outskirts of the city. An element of the 88th is credited with being first to enter the Eternal City. After continuing across the Tiber to Bassanelio the 88th retired for rest and training, 11 June. The Division went into defensive positions near Pomerance, 5 July, and launched an attack toward Volterra on the 8th, taking the town the next day. Laiatico fell on the 11th, Villamagna on the 13th, and the Arno River was crossed on the 20th although the enemy resisted bitterly.After a period of rest and training, the Division opened its assault on the Gothic Line, 21 September 1944, and advanced rapidly along the Firenzuola-Imola road, taking Mount Battaglia (Casola Valsenio, RA) on the 28th. The enemy counterattacked savagely and heavy fighting continued on the line toward the Po Valley. The strategic positions of Mount Grande and Farnetto were taken, 20 and 22 October. From 26 October 1944 to 12 January 1945, the 88th entered a period of defensive patrolling in the Mount Grande-Mount Cerrere sector and the Mount Fano area. From 24 January to 2 March 1945, the Division defended the Loiano-Livergnano area and after a brief rest returned to the front. The drive to the Po Valley began on 15 April. Monterumici fell on the 17th after an intense barrage and the Po River was crossed, 24 April, as the 88th pursued the enemy toward the Alps. The cities of Verona and Vicenza were captured on the 25th and 28th and the Brenta River was crossed, 30 April. The 88th was driving through the Dolomite Alps toward Innsbruck, Austria where it linked up with the 103rd Infantry Division, when the hostilities ended on 2 May 1945.The unit was in combat for 344 days and sustained 15,173 casualties (killed, wounded or missing).
RARE and HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE ! -
Ground Dug German CC Close Combat Badge Award with t-bar pinback intact
- ( Recovered Surrender Site Army Group North Courland Pocket Eastern
EXTREMELY RARE Ground Dug Relic US GI M1 Fixed Bale with "CAPTAINS INSIGNIA" Paint HELMET POT - ( Recovered STAVELOT Battlefield Area - Battle of Bulge )
Here is a historic find. A ground dug relic US M1 Captains Helmet recovered in the area of Stavelot. Stavelot and its bridge were open for the taking. The only combat troops in town at this time were a squad from the 291 Engineer Combat Bn., which had been sent from Malmedy to construct a roadblock on the road leading to the bridge. For some reason Peiper's advance guard halted on the south side of the river, one of those quirks in the conduct of military operations. Months after the event, Peiper told interrogators that his force had been checked by American antitank weapons covering the narrow approach to the bridge, that Stavelot was "heavily defended". But his detailed description of what happened when the Germans attacked to take the town and bridge shows he was confused in his chronology and he was thinking of events which transpired on Mon., Dec. 18. It is true that during the early evening of the 17th (Sun.) that three German tanks made a rush for the bridge, but when the leader hit a hasty mine field laid by American engineers the others turned back - nor were they seen for the rest of the night. Perhaps the sight of the numerous American vehicles parked in the streets left Peiper to believe that the town was held in force and that a night attack held the only chance of taking the bridge intact. If so, the single effort made by the German point is out of keeping with Peiper's usual ruthless drive and daring. Whatever the reason - Peiper's Kampfgruppe came to a halt on Sun. night, Dec. 17 at the Stavelot bridge.
RARE Ground Dug Relic German Waffen-SS DD M35 Helmet - ( Recovered Tannenberg Line , Russian Front )
Here is a rough but rare relic condition recovery from Tannenberg Line, Eastern Front. The helmet has some minor battle damage some rust through on crown but displays incredible. The runes are faint but nicely visible. The Battle of Tannenberg Line (German: Die Schlacht um die Tannenbergstellung; Estonian: Sinimägede lahing; Russian: Битва за линию «Танненберг») was a military engagement between the German Army Detachment "Narwa" and the Soviet Leningrad Front fought for the strategically important Narva Isthmus from 25 July to 10 August 1944. The battle was fought on the Eastern Front during World War II. The strategic aim of the Soviet Estonian Operation was to reoccupy Estonia as a favourable base for invasions of Finland and East-Prussia. Several Western scholars refer to it as the Battle of the European SS for the 24 volunteer infantry battalions from Denmark, East Prussia, Flanders, Holland, Norway, and Wallonia within the Waffen-SS. Roughly a half of the infantry consisted of the local Estomia conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation. The German force of 22,250 men held off the Soviet advance of 136,830 troops. As the Soviet forces were constantly reinforced, the casualties of the battle were 150,000–200,000 wounded and dead Soviet troops and 157–164 Soviet tanks.
INCREDIBLE !! RARE WW2 Large Size " NAMED" GERMAN WAFFEN-SS SD with partial liner remains and visible paint HELMET Shell ( Eastern Front Recovery )
Extract from the memoirs of the Eastern
Front by Wolfram von Beck On 9th November 1943, General Student came
to see us and on a sports field near Rome he issued orders for us
to move to Russia. The next day we boarded a train from Rome to Zitomir.
When we finally arrived in Russia, we received orders to relieve a
Waffen SS unit, which had almost been destroyed during the fighting.
I was the staff runner for Leutnant Bickel’s 1.Kompanie. He
told me to go and obtain a situation report from the Waffen SS commander.
In order to reach the SS command post quickly I decided not to use
the road but to follow the sound of guns through a wooded area. When
I finally reached the commander he reprimanded me about the absence
of my unit. He then showed me which part of the frontline we were
supposed to occupy. In front of his command post sat a Kubelwagen.
It was full of men just about ready to leave. I asked the driver if
I too could jump on to his vehicle and hitch a ride. He replied that
it would not be a problem but asked if I could lift the Unterscharfuehrer
so he would not fall off the rear of the vehicle. I was under the
impression that these men were wounded. They were not, they were all
dead. The Waffen SS never left their dead on the battlefield. Even
their wounded men had to march. I was glad to finally leave this hearse
behind me and after reporting back to Leutnant Bickel the Kompanie
moved forward into the line. Our position was near a so-called runway,
a clearing in the middle of a large forest. On the other side of the
runway, Ivan was waiting. After a day or so we made a dawn attack
and drove the Russians from in front of our positions. Suddenly, we
received well aimed fire from a thicket of trees. I quickly noticed
the source of fire: the Russians had removed the lowest branches from
the trees so they not only had a good field of fire but also a good
view of any attacker. Myself and a comrade, turned their flank and
finished them off from behind. My comrade, a machine gunner was hit.
While he was dying he passed me his wallet. All he could say was “Mama,
Mama”. I took the wallet and handed it in to Battalion. I do
not know if it ever reached “Mama”. We were rolling up
the whole Russian trench line but we stopped in front of a soil covered
bunker which had not been inspected yet. For good measure we threw
in two grenades and after the detonation, three smiling unbruised
Russians came out. We were surprised that anyone could survive
such an attack but we naturally took them prisoner. Our unit continued
the offensive toward the direction of Kirovgrad. Before Novgorodka
we found ourselves alone, without friendly units on our flanks. Leutnant
Bickel ordered us to build a defensive perimeter on a nearby hilltop
for the night. I was now a number 2 machine gunner and the number
1 was my friend Gefreiter Fritz. We dug an emplacement for our machine
gun at the front of the hill. The Russians suddenly fired several
shells from an anti-tank gun, (called a Ratschbumm by the Landser,
because the sound of the shot and the hit were almost one). We joked
that the Russians certainly needed some target practice when after
one detonation I found an arm and half of my comrades chest in my
lap. I lifted Gefreiter Fritz to see if I could help him but he was
already dead. I now dug faster and deeper in order to get my machine
gun in place. During this same night, myself and Obergefreiter Zischka,
who spoke fluent Russian, crept up on the enemy positions so he could
overhear the russians talking. We noted the position of the enemy
MG nests and the next morning we attacked, driving the Russians out
RARE WW2 Battlefield Recovered
" BATTLE DAMAGED " German M35/40 LUFTWAFFE SUMMER CAMO
"Named ID Painted " HELMET !
RARE German WW2 Battle Damaged " Luftwaffe" RELIC HELMET Recovered Eastern Front - Courland Pocket !
Nice ground recovered German Luftwaffe battle damaged M42 Helmet Shell. Luftwaffe ground support helmets are incredibly rare to find in relation to other service branches. Especially in ground dug condition. The divisions were originally authorized in October 1942, following suggestions that the German Army, the Heer, could be bolstered by transferring personnel from other services. The head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Göring, formulated an alternative plan to raise his own infantry formations under the command of Luftwaffe officers; this was at least partly due to political differences with the Heer. Goering took great pride in the degree of political commitment and indoctrination of the air force men (he went as far as to describe the air-force paratroopers as "political soldiers") while the Army was considered (by Nazi standards) too "conservative" (linked to traditions and ideals harking back to the Imperial days of the Kaiser).
The plan was approved, and the divisions
were raised from 200,000–250,000 Luftwaffe ground,
support and other excess personnel. They were initially organized
with two Jäger regiments of three battalions each, along with
an artillery battalion and other support units, but were substantially
smaller than equivalent Heer divisions, and by Göring's
personal order were intended to be restricted to defensive duties
in quieter sectors. Most of the units spent much of their existence
on the Eastern Front: Luftwaffe Field Divisions were present at actions
such as the "Little Stalingrad of the North", the attempt
to relieve Velikiye Luki; the attempted defence of Vitebsk during
Operation Bagration, and the fighting in the Courland Pocket, though
they also fought in other theatres. The Luftwaffe Field Divisions
initially remained under Luftwaffe command, but late in 1943
those that had not already been disbanded were handed over to the
Heer and were reorganized as standard infantry divisions
with three two-battalion rifle regiments (retaining their numbering,
but with Luftwaffe attached to distinguish them from similarly
numbered divisions already existing in the Heer) and army
officers.Until taken over by the Heer (and in many cases
for some time afterwards) these units were issued with standard Luftwaffe
feldblau uniforms, and being so easily identifiable were
said to often be singled out by opposing forces. Their reputation
as combat troops was poor, despite the high standard of Luftwaffe
recruits, at least in part from being required to perform roles (ground
warfare) for which they as airmen had little training. They were frequently
used for rear echelon duties to free up front line troops.
Here is a very cool relic German P38 Pistol that was recovered in the Vilers Bocage area. The pistol is inert and displays very nice missing the handle frame the clip which was dug nearby fits and makes the pistol appear complete. A fine display relic of a rare to find and nontheless to find a Battlefield example. Dont miss this chance ! BAt around 13:00 tanks of the Panzer Lehr Division advanced into Villers-Bocage, but unsupported by infantry found the going difficult. A group of four Panzer IV's attempted to push into the town's southern edge where they found a previously disabled Panzer IV, but as they moved further two tanks were knocked out by British anti-tank gunfire. Some of the Waffen-SS Tiger tanks were brought up and in an exchange of fire they silenced the anti-tank position. SS-Hauptsturmführer Möbius ordered the main counterattack to be launched in two thrusts; the first would advance down the main highway through Villers-Bocage while the second would cut through the southern section of the town parallel to the main road. The objective was to secure the town centre.The Tigers moving along the main road advanced slowly, their commanders confident that they could intimidate the British into withdrawing. However, as they reached the town square they ran into Cotton's ambush. The Firefly, commanded by Sergeant Bramall,opened fire on the lead tank and missed, but the anti-tank gun supporting the position knocked it out.Now alerted to the ambush, a following group of three Tigers split up. Picking their way through the back streets in an attempt to flank the British, one was engaged by an anti-tank gun and destroyed. The other two were tackled by infantry using PIAT anti-tank weapons; one was knocked out and the other immobilisedoth the Panzer Lehr and 2nd Panzer Divisions were in action across the entire sector on 13 June and did not count the casualties sustained at Villers-Bocage separately from all losses incurred that day. However, the 101st SS Heavy Panzer Battalion was only engaged at Villers-Bocage, so this unit's losses are available. Taylor gives nine men killed and 10 wounded in the 1st Company and one killed and three wounded in the 2nd. Sources differ widely on the number of German tanks lost during 13 June—in part because elements of the Panzer Lehr Division were committed piecemeal making it impossible to be certain of the number of Panzer IVs knocked out. German tank losses are generally placed at between eight and fifteen tanks, including six Tiger Is. Chester Wilmot notes what a costly loss this was, as there were only 36 Tiger tanks in Normandy at that time. However, Taylor concedes that the numbers claimed by the British probably include tanks that were immobilised but subsequently recovered.
RARE Dug WW2 GERMAN WAFFEN SS ID
TAG - WAFFEN-SS PRINZ EUGEN - 7TH Mountain Division 5th Artillery
- Menumos Estate
Ground Dug Relic German ANTI-TANK "Panzerschreck Shield" !
( Stalingrad Recovery )
FANTASTIC WW2 Relic "Battlefield Recovered" WINTER CAMO MEDICS "Battle Damaged" RUSSIAN Helmet ! - ( Demyansk Pocket Eastern Front )
Incredible Demjansk "battlefield
recovered" Russian Winter Camo Medics helmet with horrific "battle
damage" being strafed with MG fire as can be seen by the pattern.
The paint is in excellent preserved condition. A fine example of an
extremely rare helmet .On 21 March 1942, German forces under the command
of Generalleutnant Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach attempted
to leave through the "Ramushevo corridor". Over the next
several weeks, this corridor was widened. A battle group was able
to break out of the siege on 21 April, but the fighting had taken
a heavy toll. Out of the approximately 100,000 men trapped, there
were 3,335 lost and over 10,000 wounded. However, their strong resistance
had tied up numerous Soviet units at a critical moment, units that
could have been used elsewhere. Instrumental in the German breakout,
was the first time use of the Mkb-42(H), which would later be re-designated
the MP-43 and then finally the StG-44.Between the forming of the pocket
in early February to the virtual abandonment of Demyansk in May, the
two pockets (including Kholm) received 65,000 short tons (59,000 t)
of supplies (both through ground and aerial delivery), 31,000 replacement
troops, and 36,000 wounded were evacuated. However, the cost was significant.
The Luftwaffe lost 265 aircraft, including 106 Junkers Ju
52, 17 Heinkel He 111 and two Junkers Ju 86 aircraft. In addition,
387 airmen were lost. The Soviet Air Forces lost 408 aircraft, including
243 fighters, in a bid to crush the pocketFighting in the area continued
until 28 February 1943. The Soviets did not liberate Demyansk until
1 March 1943, with the retreat of the German troops. For his excellence
in command and the particularly fierce fighting of his elite unit,
3. SS Division Totenkopf, SS-Obergruppenführer
Theodor Eicke was the 88th person to be awarded the Oak Leaves to
the Knight's Cross on 20 May 1942. The success of the Luftwaffe
convinced Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and Hitler
that they could conduct effective airlift operations on the Eastern
front.[Göring later proposed a similar "solution" to
supply the 6. Armee when it was surrounded in Stalingrad.
In theory, the outcome could be equally advantageous; with the 6.
Armee trapped, but still in fighting condition, the Soviet
army would have to use up much of its strength to keep the pocket
contained. This could allow other German forces to re-group and mount
a counterattack. However, the scale of the forces trapped in the two
operations differed greatly. While a single corps (about ⅓ of
an army) with about six divisions was encircled in Demyansk, in Stalingrad,
an entire and greatly reinforced army was trapped. Whereas the Demyansk
and Kholm pockets together needed around 265 t (292 short tons) of
supplies per day, the 6. Armee required an estimated daily
minimum of 800 t (880 short tons), delivered over a much-longer distance
and faced by a much better organised Red Air Force. The air transport
force had already suffered heavy losses, and was much further away
from good infrastructure. The Luftwaffe simply did not have
the resources needed to supply Stalingrad.
BEAUTIFUL RELIC CONDITION German WW2 SS SD Model 35/40 large Size Helmet Shell - ( Barn Find Near Walomim, Poland Battle Site )
Here is a nice solid with minimal ground action German SS M35/40 SD with faint but visible runes. A fine example. In response to Vedeneev's thrust, the Germans started a tactical counter-attack near Radzymin on July 31. The offensive, carried out by 4 understrength Panzer divisions,was to secure the eastern approaches to Warsaw and Vistula crossings, and aimed to destroy the three tank corps of the Second Tank Army in detail. Under the leadership of German Field Marshal Model, the 4th, 19th, Hermann Göring, and 5th SS Panzer Divisions were concentrated from different areas with their arrival in the area of Wołomin occurring between July 31 and August 1, 1944. Although the 3rd Tank Corps gamely defended the initial assaults of the Hermann Göring and 19th Panzer Divisions, the arrival of the 4th Panzer and 5th SS Panzer Divisions spelled doom for the isolated and outnumbered unit Already on August 1, the leading elements of the 19th and 5th SS Panzer Divisions, closing from the west and east respectively, met at Okuniew, cutting the 3rd Tank Corps off from the other units of the Second Tank Army. Pressed into the area of Wołomin, the 3rd Tank Corps was pocketed and destroyed on August 3, 1944. Attempts to reach the doomed tank corps by the 8th Guards Tank Corps and the 16th Tank Corps failed, with the 8th Guards Tank Corps taking serious losses in the attempt. Although Model had planned to attack the 8th Guards Tank Corps next, the withdrawal of the 19th and Hermann Göring Panzer Divisions to shore up the German defenses around the Magnuszew bridgehead forced the remaining German forces around Okuniew to go on the defensive For unknown reasons, on August 2, 1944 all armies that were to assault Warsaw had their orders changed. The 28th, 47th and 65th Armies were ordered to turn northwards and seize the undefended town of Wyszków and the Liwiec river line. The 2nd Tank Army was left in place and had to fight the Germans alone, without support of the infantry. Also, 69th Army was ordered to stop while the 8th Guards Army under Vasily Chuikov was ordered to halt the assault and await a German attack from the direction of Garwolin. Further combat lasted until August 10, when the Germans finally withdrew. Soviet losses were heavy, but not heavy enough to affect the overall course of their thrust to the vicinity of Warsaw. The 3rd Tank Corps was destroyed, the 8th Guards Tank Corps took heavy losses, and the 16th Tank Corps took significant losses as well. Overall, the Second Tank Army's losses were significant enough that it was withdrawn from the front lines by August 5, 1944.
EXTREMELY RARE ! "Battle Damaged"
WW2 German Waffen-SS
DD M35/40 Helmet Shell - ( Recovered NARVA Battle Area )
RARE ADDITION ! Ground Dug German WAFFEN-SS SD M35/40 Relic HELMET SHELL - ( Recovered Huertgenwald )
Here is one of the final helmets from my personal collection. A ground dug but clear dug metallic runes M35/40 SD Shell that was recovered in Huertgewald. A wonderful relic that will be the highlight of your collection. The Battle of Hürtgen Forest is the name given to the series of fierce battles fought between U.S. and German forces in the Hürtgen Forest, which became the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought in its history. The battles took place between September 14, 1944, and February 10, 1945, over barely 50 square miles, east of the Belgian–German border. In early December, the Division moved north to the Hurtgen Forest in Germany to relieve elements of the 4th Infantry Division which was fighting within the Siegfried Line. Despite ankle-deep mud, heavy enemy artillery barrages and fanatical Nazi resistance, the 83rd slugged its way out of the dense forest and seized the western bank of the Roer River in the vicinity of Duren. Seven key villages guarding the approaches to the Roer fell to the 83rd as the enemy retreated. Stiffest resistance was met in the villages of Gey, Gurzenich, and Strass. The 331st Infantry broke the backbone of the resistance at Gey, while in Strass the 3rd Battalion of the 330th Infantry was cut off for three days and subjected to heavy enemy counterattacks. Despite their precarious position, the men of the battalion fought off the Germans and took more than 150 prisoners during the siege. Finally the 3rd Battalion of the 329th hammered its way into the village and routed the Germans. Patrols from the 329th Infantry entered Duren after the regiment took the village of Gurzenich directly opposite the city. This was the deepest penetration of German soil made by any American force during 1944.
RARE WWII German NAZI Relic MAUSER HSC Officers PISTOL - ( Recovered Falaise Pocket "The Corridor of Death" )
Here is an awesome relic. A Nazi ground dug HSC MAUSER PISTOL. This relic was ground dug in the Falaise area. Known as the "Corridor of Death". The battle of the Falaise Pocket, fought during the Second World War from 12–21 August 1944, was the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy. Taking its name from the area around the town of Falaise within which the German Seventh and Fifth Panzer Armies became encircled by the advancing Western Allies, the battle is also referred to as the Falaise Gap after the corridor which the Germans sought to maintain to allow their escape. The battle resulted in the destruction of the bulk of Germany's forces west of the River Seine, and opened the way to Paris and the German border.Following Operation Cobra, the successful American breakout from the Normandy beachhead, rapid advances were made to the south, the south-east, and into Brittany. Despite lacking the resources to cope with both the US penetration and simultaneous British and Canadian offensives around Caen, Field Marshal Günther von Kluge, in overall command of German armed forces on the Western Front, was not permitted by Adolf Hitler to withdraw; instead he was ordered to counterattack the Americans around Mortain. However, the remnants of four panzer divisions, which was all that von Kluge could scrape together, were not strong enough to make any impression on the United States First Army, and Operation Lüttich was a disaster that merely served to drive the Germans deeper into the Allied lines, leaving them in a highly dangerous position.