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In World War I, Field Marshal Foch, the Allied commander in chief, could not be found when a military conference was about to start. An officer friend said, "I think I know where he might be." Foch was found praying nearby at a bombed-out chapel. Abraham Lincoln once said, "I would be the greatest fool on earth if I did not realize that I could never satisfy the demands of the high office without the help of One who is greater and stronger than I am. General Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson and countless others in the Confederate Army were committed to personal prayer time daily .. "King David realized this truth too. Although he was a powerful king, he daily acknowledged his dependence on someone far greater and stronger than he was. Not only did King David begin each day depending on the Lord, but he waited expectantly throughout the day to see how God would work on his behalf.

When we don't pray, we quit the fight.
Prayer keeps the Christian's armor bright.
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.


WILLIAM COWPER

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HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE and HISTORIC "Dug Relic" German WW2 "FALLSCHIRMJAGER" German PARATROOPER HELMET SHELL and Liner !
( Recovered TANGERMUNDE Bridge Head, Elbe )

Here is a chance to own a historic battle dug relic helmet shell Fallschirmjager that was found on the Elbe in 1997. Tangermünde was not hit by severe damage during World War II until elements of the U.S. Army closed on the city and its strategic bridge across the Elbe River on 12 April, 1945, triggering a brief but fierce battle, during which the modern (1933) combined rail and highway bridge was blown up by retreating German forces. In the closing days of the war Tangermünde was the scene of one of the last skirmishes of the war and the surrender en masse of the German 12th Army and remnants of the 9th Army to U.S. Forces. Between 4 May and 7 May, 1945, as many as 100,000 German soldiers and civilians crossed the rickety ruins of the bridge on foot until Russian forces reached the east bank of the Elbe. Since German reunification the old town has been gradually restored.


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Pair of WW2 "Battlefield Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "RARE "BRONZE" AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
( Dug Surrender Site of "ARMY GROUP NORTH")

Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number were issued. A Battlefield Dug pair of Bronze GRADE AWARD from my personal collection, that are beautiful complete with the crossbar and maker marked.Selling them seperately. Just let me know which one you prefer. 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 Waffen–SS -- 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. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. 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

The award was bestowed in three classes:
• For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
• For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
• For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.

In order to receive this distinguished decoration, all battles and their dates had to be officially documented by the battle commander, verified by the general in charge and authenticated by several divisions of the war department. It was possible that more than one close combat battle per day was fought and therefore recorded as a separate entity.An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 battles. The highest number of battles in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele. The Gold Close Combat Clasp was often regarded in higher esteem than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the German infantry. Of the roughly 18–20 million soldiers of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 36,400 received the Bronze Class, 9,500 the Silver Class and only " 631 the Gold Class !

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EXTREMELY RARE WW2 Battlefield Dug German TACTICAL FLAG of the 3rd PANZER Corps 384th / 376th Infantry Division
( Recovered Positions of the 376th Infanterie wehrmacht Historic Stalingrad ! )
The 384th Infantry Division was formed during the winter of 1941/42, as part of the 18th wave. All infantry divisions of this wave, numbers 383 to 389, were referred to as “Rhine Gold” divisions. The 384th was sent to the 3rd Panzer Corps, 1st Panzer Army, just in time to be involved in defensive fighting during the Soviet offensive in the Second Battle of Kharkov, early in the summer of 1942. Afterwards, the division took part in the offensive operations that led to Stalingrad. After the Soviet counteroffensive, Operation Uranus, most of the combat elements of the division were split between the 44th and the 376th Infantry Divisions, but both were surrounded at Stalingrad and destroyed. The surviving combat troops, in the form of the 2/536th battalion, were allocated to the 9th Panzer Division to help replace the panzer grenadiers in its schutzen brigade. The non-combat elements were set to northern France and the division was rebuilt. This process was completed in late 1943, and the division, minus its reconnaissance battalion and 3/384th Artillery Battalion, was again sent to Ukraine. After almost a year at the front, in the autumn of 1944, the 384th was surrounded and then destroyed in defensive fighting near the city of Kishinev. At that moment, when the tanks, waiting for the next attack of the infantry lying under enemy fire, were firing on the spot, their flank was suddenly attacked by two StuG III assault guns and one Pz.Kpfw.IV tank. With the first shots, they were able to knock out three Soviet tanks. Despite the local victory and the successful execution of tasks to ensure the action of the 23rd Infantry Division, the regiment of heavy tanks also suffered huge losses – 18 out of 21 vehicles were destroyed. In the evening on January 11, Paulus radioed to Manstein: "There are no more reserves. There is ammunition for 3 days left. Heavy machinery is not able to move – there is no fuel. The front of the defense of our surrounded troops can be kept for no longer than the next three days. " Paulus, commander of the encircled group was forced to report to the German headquarters “of breakouts of large Russian forces in the north, west and south, aimed at Karpovka and Pitomnik. The 44th and the 376th infantry divisions suffered heavy losses. The 29th Motorized Division has only a few combat-ready units. There is no hope to fix the situation. Dmitrievka, Tsybenko and Rakotino were left”. In response to this report, a message was received from East Prussia at once, which required: “Nevertheless, to defend the line: Tsybenko, Karpovka, Rossoshka. To prevent by all means Pitomnik from falling into Russian hands. Nevertheless, to take away Tsybenko from the enemy. To the army commander, to report on countermeasures taken, as well as about the circumstances under which Tsybenko was left without OKH permission”.

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WOW !!! Fantastic Relic "Blown Apart" BATTLE-DAMAGED SECTION - TANK MUZZLE BARREL ! ( Recovered Historic Battlefield STALINGRAD )

Here is a spectacular find ! A Battle Damaged portion of the Muzzle Brake most likely to a Russian SU-76. Here is a rare opportunity to own a battle damaged Tank Muzzle from Stalingrad ! 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 fierce 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.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 August 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.
On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched Operation Uranus, a two-pronged attack targeting the weaker Romanian and Hungarian armies protecting the German 6th Army's flanks.The Axis forces on the flanks were overrun and the 6th Army was cut off and surrounded in the Stalingrad area. Adolf Hitler ordered that the army stay in Stalingrad and make no attempt to break out; instead, attempts were made to supply the army by air and to break the encirclement from the outside. Heavy fighting continued for another two months. By the beginning of February 1943, the Axis forces in Stalingrad had exhausted their ammunition and food. The remaining units of the 6th Army surrendered.The battle lasted five months, one week, and three days.

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GREATWAR RELICS is Proud to Present THE LONG-AWAITED WW2 RELIC BOOK is finished ! "DIE OSTFRONT" WW2 RELICS in full color HARD-BOUND BOOK by Russ Arendell. Every WW2 Collector should want to make this Important work on WW2 Eastern Front Relics part of their Reference Library and Just in Time for Christmas !

The hard-back relic book "Die Ostfront" is finished and would make a wonderful Christmas gift ! The book is in full color, 400 pages of Italian, Romanian, German, Slovakian, Russian and Hungarian relics of the Eastern Front. Letters, weapons, battle-ground photos, personal items, food items, helmets, some cloth, medals, equipment, etc. will be pictured in full color. This is an unusual book and I believe will achieve instant collector status as it will be printed in relatively small numbers. Under 100 books certainly. This is not a book on pristine items. These are items that have been located in former fighting positions in Russia (Stalingrad, Kurland, Narva, Leningrad, etc.), Poland and in front of Berlin.Contact at arditidagger@outlook.com if you want to save and preorder this most unusual and collectible book. "Arditi Books" has published a number of books on Italian, German, Japanese militaria, Italian firearms and toy soldiers. They have all been well received and copies reside in many serious collections. Authors from the US, Italy, Germany, Australia and other nation's have contributed to Arditi Books in items and information.Prepay for the book is $95.00 (if you want it cheaper)...needs to arrive to me before Thanksgiving Day. The base price of the book is $100.00 and $15.00 shipping for a total of $115.00 within the US if you do not prepay. I will cover the $15.00 shipping within the US and will cover another $5.00 on the cover price for a total of $20.00 savings if one prepays before I send it to the printers. The book will be ready for Christmas presents before December 25th. More shipping for overseas. Please contact my friend Russ directly for orders at arditidagger@outlook.com

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FANTASTIC FIND !! WW2 German RED CROSS "MEDICS" VEHICLE "Tactical" FLAG from positions of the "16th PANZER Division"
( Recovered HISTORIC STALINGRAD WEST ! )

Here is a fantastic large metal vehicle marker sign for the hood of a WW2 German vehicle that was recovered by my digger friend Ivan west of the city of Stalingrad. A great display relic of the brutal fighting for the city. Thirty-five miles from Stalingrad, the attack bogged down against Soviet armor. On December 19, Manstein informed Hitler that it was impossible to break through to Stalingrad and sustain a corridor. He recommended that the Sixth Army break out to meet him. Manstein flew his intelligence officer into the pocket to go over details of the plan and found the Sixth Army staff unwilling to risk such an attack until spring. Whatever Winter Storm’s odds, it was the last chance to salvage the Sixth Army. In refusing to order the breakout, Manstein and Paulus showed an absence of the moral courage that is the principal requirement of high command. Instead they temporized, deferring to Hitler’s well-known and increasingly determined refusal to ‘abandon the Volga.’ For three days the debate among the German commanders continued as the Soviets drove into the German flank and rear. Then, on December 22, the question became moot. The newly arrived Second Guards Army opened an attack that drove Manstein’s slender spearhead back toward its start line. To an officer who subsequently flew into Stalingrad as Hitler’s emissary, Paulus said simply, ‘You are talking to dead men.’With Soviet tanks and cavalry running wild in its virtually undefended rear areas, Army Group Don fell back and the Germans’ attention focused not on the fate of the Sixth Army but on the survival of their position in southern Russia. Hitler initially refused to make reinforcements available and shorten the front by withdrawing from the increasingly untenable Caucasus salient. Manstein made the best of what he had. In a series of brilliant tactical-level ripostes between January and March 1943, he enabled most of Army Group A to escape. In doing so he confirmed his reputation as a battle captain and blunted an operation already suffering from Stalin’s determination to pursue the offensive beyond the Red Army’s capacity to sustain it. Stalingrad, hopelessly isolated, was now expected to tie down as many Soviet forces as possible — a mission the Soviets initially sought to deny by negotiating a surrender. When Paulus refused, the final offensive began. On January 10, more than 7,000 guns and mortars began firing on every corner of the pocket within range. Tanks and infantry advanced simultaneously in all sectors, against resistance whose initial determination amazed even veterans of the earlier fighting. Even before the few remaining airfields were overrun, the Germans were living on rations measured in ounces, supplemented occasionally by horsemeat and the occasional rat. Conditions in the hospitals were beyond medieval. By January 17, the pocket had been reduced to half its size. Once again Paulus was summoned to surrender; once again he refused. German die-hards fell back into the city’s ruins, using tactics learned from the Russians to prolong the end as ammunition ran out and men sought terms at bayonet point. On January 31, Paulus’ headquarters was overrun. The field marshal, newly promoted by Hitler, was lying on his bed when a Russian lieutenant burst in and captured him.
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EXTREMELY RARE "Maker Marked" Battlefield Dug Relic German WAFFEN-SS Waist Belt Buckle ( Recovered KURSK Battlefield ! )

Here is an extremely desirable and rare german ss waist belt buckle with the RODO maker mark still visible that was excavated at Kursk. The buckle is one of the most solid and detailed example I have ever had pass through. I have seen these rodo stamped in non-dug condition ( when you can actually find them ) can fetch $600 plus ! I personally only want historically attached excavated examples in my collection. Following their disastrous defeat at Stalingrad during the winter of 1942-43, the German armed forces launched a climactic offensive in the East known as Operation Citadel on July 4,1943. The climax of Operation Citadel, the Battle of Kursk, involved as many as 6,000 tanks, 4,000 aircraft and 2 million fighting men and is remembered as the greatest tank battle in history. The high-water mark of the battle was the massive armor engagement at Prochorovka (also spelled Prokhorovka), which began on July 12. But while historians have categorized Prochorovka as a victory of improved Soviet tactics over German firepower and heavy tanks, new evidence casts the struggle at the ‘gully of death’ in a very different light.Prochorovka is one of the best-known of the many battles on the Eastern Front during World War II. It has been covered in articles, books and televised historical documentaries, but these accounts vary in accuracy; some are merely incomplete, while others border on fiction. In the generally accepted version of the battle, the three SS divisions attacked Prochorovka shoulder to shoulder, jammed into the terrain between the Psel and the railroad. A total of 500 to 700 German tanks, including dozens of Panzerkampfwagen Mark V Panther medium tanks with 75mm guns and Panzerkampfwagen Mark VI Tiger heavy tanks with deadly 88mm cannons, lumbered forward while hundreds of nimble Soviet T-34 medium tanks raced into the midst of the SS armor and threw the Germans into confusion. The Soviets closed with the panzers, negating the Tigers’ 88mm guns, outmaneuvered the German armor and knocked out hundreds of German tanks. The Soviet tank force’s audacious tactics resulted in a disastrous defeat for the Germans, and the disorganized SS divisions withdrew, leaving 400 destroyed tanks behind, including between 70 and 100 Tigers and many Panthers. Those losses smashed the SS divisions’ fighting power, and as a result Hoth’s Fourth Panzer Army had no chance to achieve even a partial victory in the south.

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HISTORIC AND HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE "Battlefield-Dug" RELIC German WW2 1st "FALLSCHIRMJAGER" Parachute Regiment
Parachute Harness Lot ! ( River Neva Battlefield, Leningrad )

Here is fantastic and not ever found from the battlefield but a chance to own an original battlefield dug 1st fallschirmjager parachute regiment Parachute Harness Buckles Clamps and Main Buckle Clasp found together near Neva Leningrad. During the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 1st Parachute Regiment and the 2nd Battalion of the Luftlande-Sturmregiment(Airlanding Assault Regiment) were assigned to the Army Group North's 18th Army where they would conduct operations in the Leningrad area. The Fallschirmjäger were specifically deployed to the east of Leningrad on the River Neva to confront a Red Army effort to relieve the city. In October 1941, the German paratroopers were involved in heavy fighting against the Soviets but they were successful in holding off Soviet attacks.

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OUTSTANDING MUSEUM WORTHY and High End Collectible WW2 "ARTIFACT" FROM KEL Peninsula POLAND Battlefield Excavated Relic GERMAN "ENIGMA CIPHER MACHINE" ROTOR !! ( Recovered Historic Hel Peninsula, Baltic Coast POLAND )

Here is a relic from my personal collection that is fantastic, historic and extremely collectible that I am sure I will regret parting with. A rotor from an extremely rare and desireable WW2 Nazi German rotor enigma machine ! Hitler had ordered these secret machines destroyed to prevent capture and this one clearly appears to have been struck on one side the butt of a German mauser while destroying the machine before surrender ! The German "Field" Enigma Cipher Machine Rotor was battlefield excavated at a dug -out bunker site on the Hel Peninsula ! This impressive artifact is ghostly in appearance and historic in knowing that this rotor turned to produced top secrets of the reich !

Hel was the target of Luftwaffe air attacks from the first day of the invasion (1 September). The German army forced Polish units of Armia Pomorze to retreat from the Danzig Corridor in the first week of September, and began the assault on the Polish forces in Hel on 9 September. After Armia Pomorze was defeated in the Battle of Tuchola Forest, and other Polish strongholds on the coast capitulated (Battle of Westerplatte, Battle of Gdynia and Battle of Kepa Oksywska), from 20 September onward Hel was the only viable pocket of Polish resistance in northern Poland.
Hel defenders damaged a German destroyer on 3 September. Several Polish light minelayers laid a minefield near Hel in the night of the 12th and 13 September. After some of the Polish ships were sunk by the Luftwaffe on the following day, and due to German control of the Baltic Sea, the remaining Polish naval units docked at Hel port and their crews joined the ground forces. The ships' armaments were stripped and converted into additional land gun emplacements. German naval units, including old battleships Schleswig-Holstein and Schlesien, shelled the Hel peninsula from 18 September, but with little effect. Schleswig-Holstein was lightly damaged by Polish coastal batteries on 25 September. Hel anti-aircraft batteries proved to be extremely efficient, shooting down between 46 and 53 German aircraft during the battle.
By 14 September Polish forces on the Hel peninsula were cut off from the mainland. After initially being stalled by Polish defences, the Germans brought land artillery batteries and an armored train battery to support their barrage. German forces slowly advanced, although they were still facing significant resistance and counterattacks. On 25 September, after Germans took the village of Chalupy (today part of the town of Wladyslawowo ), Polish military engineers detonated a number of torpedo warheads in the narrowest part of the peninsula, and for a time separated the peninsula from the mainland, transforming it into an island. On 1 October, the commander of the Polish Navy, counter-admiral Józef Unrug, taking into consideration that the outpost was running out of supplies and that no relief force would be coming, gave the orders to capitulate. The Germans occupied the peninsula by 2 October. After the capitulation of Hel, the only organized Polish resistance eventually capitulated at the end of the Battle.

The German army, SS, police, and railway all used Enigma with similar procedures, it was the Luftwaffe (Air Force) that was the first and most fruitful source of Ultra intelligence during the war. The messages were decrypted in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park and turned into intelligence reports in Hut 3.The network code-named ‘Red’ at Bletchley Park was broken regularly and quickly from 22 May 1940 until the end of hostilities. Indeed, the Air Force section of Hut 3 expected the new day’s Enigma settings to have been established in Hut 6 by breakfast time. The relative ease of breaking this network’s settings was a product of plentiful cribs and frequent German operating mistakes.Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring was known to use it for trivial communications, including informing squadron commanders to make sure the pilots he was going to decorate had been properly deloused. Such messages became known as "Göring funnies" to the staff at Bletchley Park.

After the surrender of the encircled German forces in Stalingrad in early 1943 Enigma machines and documents plus signals personnel fell into Soviet hands. According to the memoirs of Admiral Golovko documents were retrieved from the sunken U-boat 639 in August 1943: ‘Submarine S-101, which sank U 639 and recovered lists of call-signs and codes which made it possible to keep track of enemy submarines throughout the Northern theatre. During the summer ’44 battles several German units were encircled and destroyed. It is safe to assume that a lot of crypto material was lost.During WWII their spy John Cairncross was able to infiltrate Bletchley Park and he gave the Soviets copies of the documents that he had access to. Some dealt with the Enigma. So it is certain that the Soviets were able to solve Enigma messages thanks to compromised material and the possibility that during the war they managed to retrieve the daily Enigma settings cryptanalytically cannot be discounted. The only way to know for sure is for the Russian government to give researchers access to the wartime files of the NKVD 5th Department. Another way is to look for information from other available sources. One such source is the report ‘Russian signal intelligence 1941-45’ by Lt Col Fritz Neeb, head of evaluation for NAAS 2 (Signal Intelligence Evaluation Center) of KONA 2 (Signals intelligence Regiment 2) assigned to Army Group Centre in the Eastern Front. According to Neeb the Soviet signals intelligence organization was as good as or better than the Germans in traffic analysis and direction finding. However it doesn’t seem like they were able to solve German Enigma traffic, at least up to late 1942.In page 17 of his report he says that during the Stalingrad battle a Soviet 5-figure message was decoded and it contained a signals intelligence report. The report showed that the German units in the area were correctly identified but there was a mistake in their numerical designation. This would imply that the information came from sources other than cryptanalysis since in German messages numbers had to be spelled out.
Despite an estimated 30,000 Enigma machines manufactured, there are currently only about 350 known to exist today, with less than half of these in private hands. Enigma machines are now a collector's item for the über geek - a standard Army Enigma has increased in value from $20K to over $200K in the past decade. A record price of $269,000 for a 3-wheel Enigma was fetched in April, 2015 at Bonhams. I have seen other Rotors in nice condition priced 4K Plus.. Here is an affordable rotor of a battlefield recovered example.

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HIGHLY PRIZED ! Rare WW2 Battlefield Dug Damaged GERMAN "PANZER IV TANK" ( Panzerkampfwagen IV ) RELIC "MAIN GUN" Rifled Section of the BARREL "Blown Apart by a Direct Hit !" ( Rare Battlefield Found HISTORIC STALINGRAD ! )

Here is one of the last and rarest pieces of the blown apart WW2 German Panzer IV Tank "Main Gun" Rifled Barrel Section that was recovered in Stalingrad ! A fantastic shard from a blown apart main gun ! 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 fierce 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.[13] 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 August 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. On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched Operation Uranus, a two-pronged attack targeting the weaker Romanian and Hungarian armies protecting the German 6th Army's flanks.The Axis forces on the flanks were overrun and the 6th Army was cut off and surrounded in the Stalingrad area. Adolf Hitler ordered that the army stay in Stalingrad and make no attempt to break out; instead, attempts were made to supply the army by air and to break the encirclement from the outside. Heavy fighting continued for another two months. By the beginning of February 1943, the Axis forces in Stalingrad had exhausted their ammunition and food. The remaining units of the 6th Army surrendered.[15]:p.932 The battle lasted five months, one week, and three days.

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HISTORIC GERMAN WWII 12th SS Buckle Damaged - BATTLE OF THE BULGE - ( Recovered 12th SS Positions ! )

Here is a RARE German SS Buckle that were excavated in the early 90's north of Losheimergraten near Rocherath where the 12th SS fought the 393rd regiment of US 99th Division. Incredible historic western front relics dont let them get away ! German 12th Infantry Division, later known as the 12th Volksgrenadier Division, was a German military unit that fought during World War II The division was formed in 1934 under the cover name of Infanterieführer II, and did not assume its bona-fide designation until the creation of the Wehrmacht was announced in October 1935. Initially, the division included Infantry Regiment 27, formed in Rostock and Infantry Regiment 48, created from the 5th (East Prussian) Regiment of the former The Battle of the Bulge (also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Von Rundstedt Offensive) (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive (die Ardennenoffensive), launched toward the end of World War II through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, hence its French name (Bataille des Ardennes), and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The Wehrmacht's code name for the offensive was Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine"), after the German patriotic hymn Die Wacht am Rhein. This German offensive was officially named the Ardennes-Alsace campaign by the U.S. Army but it is known to the English-speaking general public simply as the Battle of the Bulge, the "bulge" being the initial incursion the Germans put into the Allies' line of advance, as seen in maps presented in contemporary newspapers.The German offensive was supported by several subordinate operations known as Unternehmen Bodenplatte, Greif, and Währung. Germany's goal for these operations was to split the British and American Allied line in half, capturing Antwerp and then proceed to encircle and destroy four Allied armies, forcing the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty in the Axis Powers' favour. Once accomplished, Hitler could fully concentrate on the eastern theatre of war.The offensive was planned with the utmost secrecy, minimizing radio traffic and moving troops and equipment under cover of darkness. Although Ultra suggested a possible attack and the Third U.S. Army's intelligence staff predicted a major German offensive, the Allies were still caught by surprise. This was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with their own offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance Near-complete surprise against a weakly defended section of the Allied line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces. Fierce resistance, particularly around the key town of Bastogne, and terrain favouring the defenders threw the German timetable behind schedule. Allied reinforcements, including General George S. Pattons Third Army, and improving weather conditions, which permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, sealed the failure of the offensive.In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment as survivors retreated to the defenses of the Siegfried Line. For the Americans, with about 840,000 men committed and some 89,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle that they fought in World War II.

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RARE "BULLET-STRUCK" SILVER Grade WOUND BADGE ! - 12th SS HITLER JUGEND Panzer Division
( Recovered BASTOGNE, BULGE BATTLEFIELD, Eisenborn Ridge )

Absolutely Museum quality wound badge with clasp still remaining that has been battle damaged with a bullet strike! from a veteran who metal detected Bastogne while stationed in Belgium in the 70's. 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.

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WW2 "Battlefield Recovered / Dug Battle Damaged " German "EXTREMELY RARE "SILVER AWARD" CLOSE COMBAT BADGE" Relic Maker Marked
( Dug Surrender Site of "ARMY GROUP NORTH")

Here is a great rare artifact as only a limited number of Gold and Silver were issued. A Battlefield Dug SILVER GRADE AWARD from my personal collection, that is beautiful complete with the crossbar and maker marked. 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 Waffen–SS -- 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. The Soviet High Command asked the commanders of the First and Second Baltic Fronts to take forceful action in Kurland, in order to drive the enemy from the northern sector of the Baltic Sea and free their units for more important positions on the Soviet-German front. The first attempt occurred on October 16, 1944, but was stopped in the area around Tukums. The next Soviet offensive took place on October 27, but met with strong resistance from the outset and did not result in any gains. November 20 saw another offensive, but the Germans and Latvians stabilized their defensive line, utilizing favorable geographic features. Equally unsuccessful were the final attempts of the First and Second Baltic Front Armies to liquidate the German Army Group "Kurland" in December of 1944 and February and April of 1945. 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

The award was bestowed in three classes:
• For 15 battles of close combat a Bronze Class was awarded.
• For 25 battles of close combat a Silver Class was awarded.
• For 50+ battles of close combat a Gold Class was awarded.

In order to receive this distinguished decoration, all battles and their dates had to be officially documented by the battle commander, verified by the general in charge and authenticated by several divisions of the war department. It was possible that more than one close combat battle per day was fought and therefore recorded as a separate entity.An exemption was made if the soldier was wounded in battle so badly that his injuries precluded a return to the front. In such a case, the criteria were reduced to 10, 20 and 40 battles. The highest number of battles in combat recorded is listed at 84 by SS-Hauptscharführer Hermann Maringgele. The Gold Close Combat Clasp was often regarded in higher esteem than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by the German infantry. Of the roughly 18–20 million soldiers of the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS, 36,400 received the Bronze Class, 9,500 the Silver Class and only " 631 the Gold Class !

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