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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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HISTORIC WW2 US M1 Lot of HELMET and SPENT SHELL CASINGS Battlefield Dug CARENTAN / NORMANDY Campaign !

Authentic US WW2 Battlefield Helmet Shells are becoming extremely rare to find anymore. have included below the diggers note to me with information. A wonderful addition to your collection. "Hello Mark , I am just on my way into town now to post your helmet , on the 4th July 1944 , 331st inf regt of 83rd div attacked the rear of my house which was defended by FJR 6 and later 2nd Panzer Das Reich ,and 17th panzer , in the surrounding fields when the civil population returned 3 weeks later were found over 2000 dead cattle , 98 knocked out vehicles and no houses undamaged . These particular relics are from the field infront of La Meslerie and the village of Hottot , it was terrible fighting for both sides , Hottot is the first village that the US used the teeth welded to the tanks to burst the hedgerows . Also on 6th June 501 reg 101st Airborne were misdropped all over this area , so you never know it could be an airborne helmet .but it is absolutely genuine as are the relics with it , an empty mg42 round , a empty garand round and an exploded .50, within 20 yds of each other. "

The Battle of Carentan was an engagement in World War II between airborne forces of the United States Army and the German Wehrmacht during the Battle of Normandy. The battle took place between 10 and 15 June 1944, on the approaches to and within the city of Carentan, France. The objective of the attacking American forces was consolidation of the U.S. beachheads (Utah Beach and Omaha Beach) and establishment of a continuous defensive line against expected German counterattacks. The defending German force attempted to hold the city long enough to allow reinforcements en route from the south to arrive, prevent or delay the merging of the lodgments, and keep the U.S. First Army from launching an attack towards Lessay-Périers that would cut off Carentan was defended by the 506th Parachute Regiment, two Ost battalions and remnants of other German forces. The 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division, ordered to reinforce Carentan, was delayed by transport shortages and attacks by Allied aircraft. The attacking 101st Airborne Division, landed by parachute on 6 June as part of the American airborne landings in Normandy, was ordered to seize Carentan. In the ensuing battle, the 101st forced passage across the causeway into Carentan. A lack of ammunition forced the German forces to withdraw. The 17th SS PzG Division counter-attacked the 101st Airborne. Initially successful, its attack was thrown back by Combat Command A (CCA) of the U.S. 2nd Armored Division.

$ 260 for the lot












RARE WW2 German Battlefield Dug "LUGER PISTOL HANDLE and TRIGGER RELIC" ! - ( Recovered " Fallschirmjager " Positions MARKET GARDEN )

Here is great historic display relic from the "fighting" around Eindhoven. At the 20th of September the British paratroopers at Arnhem bridge surrendered to the Germans and the remainder of the British paratroopers was encircled at Oosterbeek. Although there was also an Allied success with the capture of Nijmegen bridge, this could not be exploited without securing the supply lines in Brabant. At the 19th of September the Germans moved in Panzerbrigade 107, which made a brief encounter at the bridge just north of Eindhoven, called Son bridge. This brigade was put under the command of Erich Walther.Panzerbrigade of Walther’s combat command directed an attacked against Veghel’s bridge and managed to cut of the supply corridor towards Nijmegen on the 22nd September. It took the Allied forces the whole next day to clear out the Germans from Veghel and restore the supply link. It was to no avail because the next the supply route again briefly blocked by a German force south of Veghel, consisting of Fallschirm-Jäger of FJR Von der Heydte and a battalion ‘Jungwirth’. Not until September 26 was the road cleared of German troops. Meanwhile the British forces north of Nijmegen ran into stiff German resistance and the decision was taken to evacuate the remaining British paratroops in beleaguered Oosterbeek. Supply problems in Brabant prevented further offensive operations in the Nijmegen area and this meant the end of Operation Market Garden, only one week after it began. The British spend the rest of September expanding the corridor, because although the Germans were cleared from the roads the main supply route was still under German artillery fire. Although the Germans had no clue about the extent of the Allied offensive, they were aware of the direction of the attack. They reinforced their forces near Eindhoven according to their capabilities in this stage of the war. Units suggesting elite status like Fallschirm-Jäger and Waffen-SS were scraped together and put under the command of Erich Walther, a seasoned veteran with an impressive status of holding on against overwhelming odds. The Germans were ready and waiting when the British attacked in the morning of the September 17 1944. Walther’s hastily formed forces were no match for the British forces but managed to delay the advance of the relief force for the American and British paratroops for a crucial 48 hours. Within these 48 hours the Germans brought in reinforcements and turned the tables in Arnhem. The Germans kept the pressure on the British supply lines in Brabant by bombarding Eindhoven and constantly cutting the corridor, making further major offensive operations beyond Eindhoven impossible. Arnhem was lost and the main fighting shifted to the south.

$ 99






RARE Lot of German BATTLE DAMAGED ! " HJ HITLER YOUTH " Buckle and a VERY RARE " German " MARKSMAN " Sniper Lanyard AWARD INSIGNIA ! - ( Recovered BATTLE of BERLIN )

The forces available to General Weidling for the city's defence included roughly 45,000 soldiers in several severely depleted German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) and Armed SS (Waffen-SS) divisions.These divisions were supplemented by the police force, boys in the compulsory Hitler Youth, and the Volkssturm Many of the 40,000 elderly men of the Volkssturm had been in the army as young men and some were veterans of World War I. Hitler appointed SS Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke the Battle Commander for the central government district that included the Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker He had over 2,000 men under his command. Weidling organised the defences into eight sectors designated 'A' through to 'H' each one commanded by a colonel or a general, but most had no combat experience.[To the west of the city was the 20th Infantry Division. To the north of the city was the 9th Parachute Division To the north-east of the city was the Panzer Division Müncheberg. To the south-east of the city and to the east of Tempelhof Airport was the 11th SS Panzergrenadier Division Nordland The reserve, 18th Panzergrenadier Division, was in Berlin's central district. On 23 April, Berzarin's 5th Shock Army and Katukov's 1st Guards Tank Army assaulted Berlin from the south east and, after overcoming a counterattack by the German LVI Panzer Corps, reached the Berlin S-Bahn ring railway on the north side of the Teltow Canal by the evening of 24 April. During the same period, of all the German forces ordered to reinforce the inner defences of the city by Hitler, only a small contingent of French SS volunteers under the command of SS Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg arrived in Berlin. During 25 April, Krukenberg was appointed as the commander of Defence Sector C, the sector under the most pressure from the Soviet assault on the city.

"Battle Damaged" HITLER YOUTH BUCKLE - $ 120

" Battlefield Dug " SNIPER / MARKSMAN AWARD - $ 80







ABSOLUTELY IMPRESSIVE RELIC !! " DIRECT STRIKE " Artillery Strike RUSSIAN T-34 " Shark Fin " TANK TRACK LINK " Battle Damaged with a chunk blown off ! - ( Recovered NARWA Battlefield Site ! )

Here is an impressive relic that would be the centerpiece of your man-cave ! A Battlefield relic T-34 Russian Tank Track Link with a chunk missing where a shell had a direct strike ! As the Soviet tanks moved south, Gen. Steiner called on Kausch's panzers to counterattack. While SS and Soviet infantry fought in the forward areas, the panzers and Govorov's T 34s played a deadly game of cat and mouse at the approaches to Narva. The hulls of burned out vehicles littered the landscape as Soviet and German fought each other, often at point blank range.The Soviet commander, realizing the bridges were beyond his reach, ordered his tanks to retreat and dig in. Kausch's panzers followed, but were met with a withering fire that then forced them to halt. Even though the bridges were safe, the breach in the German lines still threatened to unhinge the Lilienbach area.By this time, Collani knew his battered regiment could not hold out any longer in front of Lilienbach. His companies had taken heavy casualties and the survivors were at the end of their endurance. If the Soviets attacked in force again, there would be little hope of repelling them. In the end, there was no real choice. Collani ordered his troops to prepare to withdraw to new positions farther south. The shorter line of defense would compensate somewhat for the gaps in the ranks left by the violent fighting of the last few days.But the Soviet commander was also aware of the situation and immediately brought up reinforcements to attack the retreating Germans. If his men could catch the enemy unaware, the retreat could be turned into a rout.

$ 550








RARE Relic Dug German POW Camp PRISONER Issued ID DOG TAG - ( Recovered Stalag II - E Neubrandenburg )

The camp was built in September 1939 to house Polish prisoners from the German September 1939 offensive. The first POWs arrived on 12 September. Some were used for completing the camp construction while housed in tents during the winter. Others were sent to work on farms. From May/June 1940 Dutch and Belgian prisoners arrived from the Battle of France, followed by French. A number of the French were from African colonial regiments and were used for the worst work such as collecting trash.A new camp for officers, Oflag II-E was created close by and Polish warrant officers and ensigns were transferred to it. In 1941 more prisoners arrived from the Balkans Campaign mostly British and Yugoslavians (mostly Serbs). In late summer 1941 Soviet prisoners from Operation Barbarossa arrived and were placed in a separate enclosure built south of the main camp. In September 1943 some Italian internees were transferred to Stalag II-A from Italy after the capitulation. From November 1944 to early January 1945 American soldiers captured in various operations during the Allied drive eastward arrived. Most were immediately sent to Arbeitskommandos. From February to April 1945 Neubrandenburg was a waypoint in the forced march westward of Allied prisoners from POW camps further east. The camp was finally liberated on 28 April 1945 when a Soviet armoured division reached Neubrandenburg.

$ 79






EXTREMELY RARE to find Dug German Relic German " Knights Iron Cross 1st Class" Recovered BASTOGNE BATTLEFIELD !

Here is another extremely rare and collectible of ground dug relic badge the Knights Cross 1st Class with intact pinback that still has what appears to be remnants of cloth from Bastogne recovered in positions of 12th SS. Includes a close combat badge, an infan ! 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 collection. Bastogne Battlefield Recovered 12TH SS HITLER JUGEND Positions.

$160



INCREDIBLE "Battlefield" DUG RELIC German WAFFEN-SS "NORDLAND" RARE Early Type STEEL Buckle - ( Recovered "PRIEKULE" Battlefield SS Positions )

Fantastic SS Buckle in dug condition with ground action but rare nonetheless as an early type and as a "NORDLAND" find. Dug near forest road by which SS-Nordland were retreating from advancing Russians, near Priekule on postitions of SS-Nordland. Early steel buckle, silver washed. When Riga fell on October 12 1944, all Waffen-SS units were withdrawn into what was known as the Kurland Pocket. From late October to December 1944, the 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland fought fierce defensive battles in the pocket as part of III SS Army corps, and by early December the divisional strength was down to 9,000 men. In January 1945, the division was ordered to the Baltic port of Libau, where it was shipped out of the pocket to Pomerania.

$ 190








RARE HISTORIC RELIC WW2 German "LUFTWAFFE" SD2 " Butterfly WINGS Casing " ( Excavated Luftwaffe Airbase, Poland )

Here is an original ground dug relic WW2 German Luftwaffe SD2 or Butterfly Bomb Casing ( 100% excavated Inert casing for historic display only ) that was dug in Poland and still retains original Luftwaffe feldgrau paint . A Butterfly Bomb (or Sprengbombe Dickwandig 2 kg or SD2) was a German 2 kilogram anti-personnel submunition used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was so named because the thin cylindrical metal outer shell which hinged open when the bomblet deployed gave it the superficial appearance of a large butterfly. The design was very distinctive and easy to recognise. SD2 bomblets were not dropped individually, but were packed into containers holding between 6 and 108 submunitions e.g. the AB 23 SD-2 and AB 250-3 submunitions dispensers. The SD2 submunitions were released after the container was released from the aircraft and had burst open. Because SD2s were always dropped in groups (never individually) the discovery of one unexploded SD2 was a reliable indication that others had been dropped nearby. This bomb type was one of the first cluster bombs ever used in combat and it proved to be a highly effective weapon. The bomb containers that carried the SD2 bomblets and released them in the air were nicknamed the "Devil's Eggs" by Luftwaffe air and ground crew.

$ 240












RARE HISTORIC Ground Dug Battlefield Relic WW2 GERMAN "Motorcycle Rear Fender with License Plate" with TACTICAL Paint !!
( Recovered STALINGRAD Battlefield )


Here is a wonderful original relic WW2 German Motorcycle Fender with License Plate still attached with tactical paint that was recovered historic Stalingrad. A Fantastic Display relic !The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.

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VIETNAM Excavated RELIC US M6 M7 Bayonet / Knife in Battle Damaged Condition !

Here is a cool and historic artifact from VietNam. A ground Dug M6 Bayonet / Knife with the fitting blown off by shrapnel. A great relic ! More than 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, some 1.5 million of whom actually saw combat in Vietnam.James E. Westheider wrote that "At the height of American involvement in 1968, for example, there were 543,000 American military personnel in Vietnam, but only 80,000 were considered combat troops. Conscription in the United States had been controlled by the president since World War II, but ended in 1973. By war's end, 58,220 American soldiers had been killed more than 150,000 had been wounded, and at least 21,000 had been permanently disabled.The average age of the U.S. troops killed in Vietnam was 23.11 years.

$ 75






EXTREMELY RARE WW2 German LUFTWAFFE Motorcycle Front Fender Plate with Inspection Stamp - BMW ZUNDAPF KATENKRADT- ( Recovered Kurland Pocket Eastern Front )

Here is a very nice and rare WW2 Battlefield excavated German Luftwaffe Motorcycle front fender plate with inspection stamp. Recovered Kurland Pocket. Kurland Pocket battlefield area. At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.
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RARE WW2 Ground Dug BATTLEFIELD Relic German PANZER-GRENADIER BATTALION ID/Dog Tag - ( Eastern Front Stalingrad Russia Recovery )

Here is a rare original battlefield dug German ID Tag to a Motorized Panzer Grenadier Battalion. A rare tag to add to your collection. The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943)[ was a major battle 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 the south-western Soviet Union. Marked by constant close quarters combat and disregard for military and civilian casualties, it is amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. The heavy losses inflicted on the Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II–the German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew a vast military force from the West to replace their losses.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in late summer 1942 using the 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 building-to-building 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 generally along the west bank of the Volga River.

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RARE Original Ground Dug Relic Eastern Front WW2 German Dog Tag - 12 / SS GEB. ARTILLERY REGIMENT 6 ( 6th SS Mountain Division "Nord" )

Here is a neat rare German Dog Tag that is marked 12/ SS Geb. Arty. Regiment 6. The SS runes are faint but visible. A nice ground dug relic ID Tag to add to the collection.The 6th SS Mountain Division Nord was a German unit of the Waffen SS during World War II, formed in February 1941 as SS Kampfgruppe Nord (SS Battle Group North).The Division was the only Waffen SS unit to fight in the Arctic Circle when it was stationed in Finland and northern Russia between June and November 1941. It fought in Karelia until the Finnish armistice in September 1944 when it marched on foot 1,600 km through Finland and Norway. It arrived in Denmark in December and then transferred to western Germany. It fought in the Nordwind offensive in January 1945, where it suffered heavy losses. In early April 1945 the division was destroyed after several days of combat against the US 71st Infantry Division near Budingen, Germany.The Brigade got a new unit attached, SS Gebirgsjäger (Mountain) Artillery Regiment 6, and was now designated as a Division, the SS Division "Nord". In September 1941 SS Division "Nord" was attached to the Finnish III Corps under Finnish General Hjalmar Siilasvuo (this was the only time that an SS Division was under the command of a non-German officer), and took up new positions at Louhi, Kiestinki. By the end of 1941, it had suffered severe casualties. Over the winter of 1941–42 it received replacements from the general pool of Waffen SS recruits, supposedly younger and better trained than the SS men of the original formation.

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RARE WW2 Battlefield Dug GERMAN M40 Helmet - "Terrific Machine Gun Riddled with Exploded Side" - ( Excavated Tannenberg Line "Narwa" Positions )

Battle Damaged Helmet Shells are highly collectible! and this one has a fantastic ghostly look on display. On 26 July, pursuing the withdrawing Germans, the Soviet attack fell onto the Tannenberg Line before the vastly outnumbered Army Detachment "Narwa" had dug-in. The Soviet Air Force and artillery covered the German positions with bombs and shells, destroying most of the forest on the hills.The headquarters of the newly arrived Flemish 6th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Langemarck were destroyed and almost all of their officers wounded. Sturmbannführer Wilhelm Rehmann left the battlefield, as Leutnant George D'Haese stepped in to bring the brigade back to combat-readiness.The German batteries were badly hit; the commander of one of them was killed. It took a few days for Steiner to repair the assault guns and until this had been completed the impact of the German artillery remained modest.Benefiting from the disorder, the Soviet 201st and 256th Rifle Divisions supported by the 98th Tank Regiment assaulted the positions of the "Nordland" Division seizing the eastern side of the Lastekodumägi. In the darkness of the following night, the Anti-Tank Company, SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 24 "Danmark" destroyed the Soviet tanks and regained their positions.

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FANTASTIC "HISTORICAL" MUSEUM WORTHY RELIC ! - Extremely Rare Battlefield Excavated Nazi German MG42 "Hitlers Buzz-Saw" Machine Gun
( Recovered 12th SS Hitler Youth Positions, Bastogne Battle Area )


Here is a chance to own a battle damaged and ground excavated MG42 artifact that was excavated near the positions of the 12th SS. An incredible artifact that would truly put you in a small group outside a museum to own. The MG is damaged in many ways as can be seen but in any condition this piece is highly desireable and if you try to find one for sale good luck. It displays beautifully! Don't let this historic relic get away ! Absolutely Museum quality relic 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. Bastogne Battlefield Recovered 12TH SS HITLER JUGEND Positions.

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RARE and HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE WW2 German "HJ" HITLER YOUTH BUCKLE marked and BATTLE DAMAGED - ( Recovered Seelow Heights Battle of Berlin )

The Battle for Seelow Heights marked the beginning of the Soviet Final Offensive for Berlin and the final major battle between Nazi Germany and the Armies of the Soviet Union. During the three day battle both sides would commit over a millions soldiers and nearly four thousand tanks (a vast majority being that of the Soviets 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Belorussian Front Armies). The German defenders turned the Seelow Heights, a hill that raised approximately fifty meters west of the Oder River, into a fortress honeycombed with Anti-Tank guns, Field Artillery Pieces, Armor Field Guns, Tanks, Flak Batteries, and troop trenches. General Gotthard Heinrici, commanding general of the German Defenders, had approximately one hundred thousand soldiers from the Heer, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe, Krigsmarine, Volkstrom, and Hitler Youth spread along a fifty mile front with the Seelow Heights at the center.For four days the German defenders held their position against furious Soviet onslaughts of troops, aircraft, artillery, and tanks. However without replacement troops and resupply no matter how many Soviet troops they killed or tanks they destoryed. With the Russians exploiting holes in the defensive lines, the German troops were forced to abandon the heights and fell back to pre-established defensive lines that would bring them all the way back to the Gates of Berlin by the 22nd of April.

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NICE Pair of German WW2 KNIGHTS CROSS RELICS Battlefield Dug - ( Kolberg Pocket Pomerania )

Here is a cool lot of ww2 german relic knights cross at a great price for the pair. Both were dug in Kolberg Pocket Battlefield. The German defence forces represented various formations from the Army Group 'Vistula,' some tasked with defending the fortress, others simply cut off in the Kolberg pocket. The most notable units included elements of the Third Panzer Army; the 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French) and the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian). Estimates of the German defenders — including local militia and volunteers (Volkssturm) — range from 8,000 to 15,000, supported by some artillery (about 60 pieces), an armored train and about 18 tanks and a dozen support vehicles of various types. The German units also received some air and sea support (including artillery fire from pocket battleships Lützowand Admiral Scheer).The Soviet forces attacking the city can be divided into two waves: one of units of the Red Army (March 4 to 7) and one of Soviet-controlled Polish units (March 8 to 14), although some Soviet units took part in the combat after March 8. The Soviet main units were the 45th Tank Brigade (engaged from March 4 to 7) and the 272nd Rifle Division (March 6 to 9). Polish units included elements of the Polish First Army (from the 1st Belorussian Front): Polish 6th Infantry Division (from March 7); Polish 3rd Infantry Division (from March 9); Polish 4th Infantry Division (from March 12), and various support units. The personnel of the Polish units numbered over 28,000.

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INCREDIBLE RELIC FROM STALINGRAD ! Ground Dug WWII Relic RUSSIAN BODY ARMOR
( Sniper Protection, Complete with both chest and lower extremity sections ! )

Here is a historic and extremely rare original WW2 relic Russian Body Armor for upper and lower, in incredible ground dug condition and solid that was recovered from the brutal city fighting around Stalingrad that had the Russians using WWI protection by wearing sheets of iron to protect them from German snipers. This armor is complete with all sections. A great display relic ! The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.
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NICE INSTANT WW2 "Battlefield Dug" RELIC COLLECTION !! - Lot of Items Blown apart M35/40 German Helmet, Boiler Caps, Drinking Cup, 2 Knights Cross, Damaged Fork and Spoon, leather belt pieces, Motorcycle Front Fender Plate, Buttons, and more !! all shown in picture- Except the Tank Assault Badge which is not for sale at this time.

Here is a chance to own a nice historic WW2 dug German relic collection ! Kurland Pocket Battlefield area.At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.

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RARE CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF A WW2 "Panzer Tank" Battlefield Dug German Tank " Wheel Spike" - ( Recovered Kurland Eastern Front )

The 510th was formed June 1944 in Paderborn and in July it was sent to Lithuania, where it fought in the Kurland pocket until the end of the war, attached to the 14. Panzer-Division and 30. Infanterie-Division.Elements of the battalion were evacuated from Kurland. Via Kassel and Putlos they reached the Western Front and were engaged in the last fighting there. This group went into captivity with the Western Allies. A Kampfgruppe with the last 15 Tiger tanks did stay in Kurland

Kurland Pocket Battlefield area.At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.

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RARE Original and Historic WW2 " Battlefield " Dug Relic JAPANESE ARMY HELMET SHELL ( Pacific Island Recovered - Battle Damaged )

Here is a great battle damaged with bullet or shrapnel strike on lower rim that caused a shock crack on the crown. The helmet shell is in solid condition aside from the historic battle damage. Japanese dug relic shells are extremely rare and this one is priced low for the rarity.
The Battle of Tinian was a World War II battle fought between the Japanese forces and the US Marines in the Pacific theater of operation. It took place on the island of Tinian, in the Marianas, from July 24, 1944 to August 1, 1944. It was a decisive American victory. When the Battle of Tinian began on July 24, 1944, the Battle of Guam was still raging. Since the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942, the American forces in the Pacific had been leapfrogging from one Japanese-infested island to the next: Guadalcanal and Savo island (Salomon Islands), Tarawa and Makin (Gilbert Islands), and Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The American victory in the Battle of Saipan made Tinian, situated 3.5 miles south of Saipan, the next step in the Marianas campaign. The Japanese forces which defended the island were composed of 10,000 troops, about 4,500 of them were Marines of the Japanese Imperial Navy and 5,500 were army infantry troops. These Japanese fighting force was commanded by Colonel Kiyochi Ogata.

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IMPORTANT HISTORICAL ARTIFACT FIND ! Original D-DAY WWII Battle "Shock" Dent Damaged Dug Relic US M1 Fixed Bale HELMET SHELL - ( Recovered Omaha Beach Dunes Section- Easy Red Sector )

Here is a highly desireable, near impossible to find anymore, and honestly hard to sell original D-Day Normandy Invasion US M1 Omaha Beach Found Helmet most likely of the 1st Division troops. The helmet is a fixed bale has a crown shock damage dent and still has original Omaha Beach Sand Remains where it was dug in the dunes of Easy-Red Sector with images seen below of where the helmet was found. Omaha Beach, commonly known as Omaha, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. Omaha is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, and is 5 miles (8 km) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold with the American landing to the west at Utah, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport and naval artillery support provided by the U.S. Navy and elements of the British Royal Navy. On D-Day, the untested 29th Infantry Division, joined by the veteran 1st Infantry Division and nine companies of U.S. Army Rangers redirected from Pointe du Hoc, were to assault the western half of the beach. The battle-hardened 1st Infantry Division was given the eastern half. The initial assault waves, consisting of tanks, infantry, and combat engineer forces, were carefully planned to reduce the coastal defenses and allow the larger ships of the follow-up waves to land.

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INCREDIBLE RELIC !! HUGE Single WW2 German Transport MEDIC AMBULANCE Truck FRONT FENDER with TACTICAL Paint !
( Recovered 11th SS Panzer Grenadiers Positions Narva Battlefield )


"Impressive" Battlefield Dug German Transport Ambulance Fender that was recovered in Transei Udriia, Narva in positions held by SS Nordland Troops. Specifically 11th SS -Freiw. Panzer Grenadiers . The fender has the ambulance fender has the tactical symbol and Red Cross Symbol. It is huge and measures 15 x 29 inches ! The 11th SS, along with the rest of III. (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps arrived at the front near Leningrad and was almost immediately put into action against the Red Army attacks to break the German encirclement of the city. After they escaped from being surrounded, the Nordland effected a fighting withdrawal over 60 kilometres to Oranienbaum. On 14 January 1944, the Soviet Krasnoye Selo–Ropsha Offensive succeeded in collapsing the German front, and the Nordland fought its way back again to the city of Narva in Estonia, where a new line of defence was being organized. In early February, Soviet forces began their attacks towards the city and the Battle of Narva began. The battle has come to be known as the Battle of the European SS because a large proportion of the defenders were European volunteers. Joining the Nordland were elements from all over Europe. The Dutchmen of the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps the Walloons of the 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien, the Flemings of the 6th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Langemarck, the Estonians of the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian), as well as regular German formations. Altogether, the defenders of the Narva River line amounted to 50,000 men. Against them, the Soviets threw 200,000 soldiers of the Leningrad Front.The Kingisepp–Gdov Offensive was launched on 13 February, with Soviet forces attacking right across the line, as well as launching an amphibious assault from the Baltic near Mereküla. The Nordland units were among the forces that annihilated the Soviet landing force. Over the next five months, the Waffen SS held out against the Soviet attacks, the Nordland seeing very heavy fighting. On 6 March, Soviet aircraft managed to destroy the Narva bridge in the Battle for Narva Bridgehead, cutting off the troops on the far side of the river in Ivangorod. The men of Nordland's Pioneer Battalion quickly rebuilt the bridge while under heavy fire. The launching of Operation Bagration in June 1944 inspired the Narva Offensive. The highway bridge over the Narva was blown up and the defenders were moved 16 kilometres west to the Tannenberg Line

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RARE WW2 US Engineers LAND MINE Marker SIGN ' DANGER ' - ( Barn Find Normandy Relic )

Here is a marker used by US Engineers Signal Corps to designate the location of a land mine as invasion forces moved inland. The Allied invasion plans had called for the capture of Saint-Lô, Caen, and Bayeux on the first day, with all the beaches linked except Utah, and Sword (the last linked with paratroopers) and a front line 10 to 16 kilometres (6–10 mi) from the beaches. However, practically none of these objectives had been achieved. It took two months for British and Canadian troops to capture Caen, as they faced 7 heavy Panzer divisions, while their American allies, although advancing more rapidly, faced only 2 of these divisions. Overall the casualties had not been as heavy as some had feared (around 10,000 compared to the 20,000 Churchill had estimated) and the bridgeheads had withstood the expected counterattacks.Once the beachhead was established, two artificial Mulberry harbours were towed across the English Channel in segments and made operational around D+3 (9 June). One was constructed at Arromanches by British forces, the other at Omaha Beach by American forces. By 19 June, when severe storms interrupted the landing of supplies for several days and destroyed the Omaha harbour, the British had landed 314,547 men, 54,000 vehicles, and 102,000 tons of supplies, while the Americans put ashore 314,504 men, 41,000 vehicles, and 116,000 tons of supplies. Around 9,000 tons of materiel were landed daily at the Arromanches harbour until the end of August 1944, by which time the port of Cherbourg had been secured by the Allies and had begun to return to service.

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NICE DUG RELIC CONSIGNMENT ! - Ground Dug RELIC M42 'Raw Edge' German Waffen-SS SD HELMET ! - ( Farm Field Village of Foy' )

Here is a nice relic German SS SD M42 helmet RELIC that was ground dug in a field near the village of Foy. The rare to find raw-edge helmet still has visible runes and has no rust throughs or holes. A fine display example from a historic area of fighting. On 16 December 1944, at 5:30 a.m., the Germans began the assault with a massive, 90-minute artillery barrage using 1,600 artillery pieces across an 80 miles (130 km) front on the Allied troops facing the Sixth SS Panzer Army. The Americans' initial impression was that this was the anticipated, localized counterattack resulting from the Allies' recent attack in the Wahlerscheid sector to the north where the 2nd Division had knocked a sizable dent into the Siegfried Line. In the northern sector Dietrich's Sixth SS Panzer Army assaulted Losheim Gap and Elsenborn Ridge in an effort to break through to Liège.Heavy snowstorms engulfed parts of the Ardennes area. While having the desired effect of keeping the Allied aircraft grounded, the weather also proved troublesome for the Germans because poor road conditions hampered their advance. Poor traffic control led to massive traffic jams and fuel shortages in forward units. In the center, von Manteuffel's Fifth Panzer Army attacked towards Bastogne and St. Vith, both road junctions of great strategic importance. In the south, Brandenbergers Seventh Army pushed towards Luxembourg in their efforts to secure the flank from Allied attacks. Only one month before 250 members of the Waffen-SS had unsuccessfully tried to recapture the town of Vianden with its castle from the Luxembourgish resistance during the Battle of Vianden.

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RARE WWII Ground Dug "Battlefield" RELIC German KRIEGSMARINE or WHERMACHT MOTORCYCLE " BMW Zundapp" Rear LICENSE PLATE !
( Recovered Kurland Pocket, Eastern front )
Here is a rare to find and always collectible and nice condition battlefield relic wwII German Whermacht or possibly Kriegsmarine Motorcycle License Plate with 2 inspection stamps showing through the ground action. Recovered near remnants of a BMW Zundapp. Kurland Pocket Battlefield area.At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.
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RARE INCREDIBLE WW2 " MG RAKED " Battle Damaged German "Wehrmacht" HELMET - ( Recovered Stalingrad )

Here is a great display relic large size helmet with inner band still present that shows intense battle damage. There is a faint decal visible. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwester Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River

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FANTASTIC LOT !! - Rare Grouping of JAPANESE RELICS from GUADALCANAL includes T94 Pistol Relic M31 Japanese Helmet, a Japanese Mess Kit with Soldier Art, A broken Arisaka Bayonet Scabbard, and some recovered Rounds ! ( Pacific Islands from the Gary Kinnaman Collection )

On 7 August 1942, Allied forces, predominantly American, landed on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands with the objective of denying their use by the Japanese to threaten the supply and communication routes between the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The Allies also intended to use Guadalcanal and Tulagi as bases to support a campaign to eventually capture or neutralize the major Japanese base at Rabal on New Britain. The Allies overwhelmed the outnumbered Japanese defenders, who had occupied the islands since May 1942, and captured Tulagi and Florida, as well as an airfield (later named Henderson Field) that was under construction on Guadalcanal. Powerful US naval forces supported the landings.Surprised by the Allied offensive, the Japanese made several attempts between August and November 1942 to retake Henderson Field. Three major land battles, seven large naval battles (five nighttime surface actions and two carrier battles), and continual, almost daily aerial battles culminated in the decisive Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in early November 1942, in which the last Japanese attempt to bombard Henderson Field from the sea and land with enough troops to retake it was defeated. In December 1942, the Japanese abandoned further efforts to retake Guadalcanal and evacuated their remaining forces by 7 February 1943 in the face of an offensive by the US Army's XIV Corps, conceding the island to the Allies.

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INCREDIBLE "Normandy Found" WW2 RELIC German "Wehrmacht" MOTORCYCLE Zundapp FENDER with LICENSE PLATE ! - ( Barn Find, Normandy )

Here is a great display relic for your war room ! I acquired this from a UK collection and was recovered Normandy. The Fender still has the Wehrmacht license plate intact with crisp digits. Don't let this one get away ! By 28 July, the German defenses across the U.S. front had largely collapsed under the full weight of VII and VIII Corps' advance, and resistance was disorganised and patchy.VIII Corps' 4th Armored Division—entering combat for the first time—captured Coutances but met stiff opposition east of the town,and U.S. units penetrating into the depth of the German positions were variously counterattacked by elements of the 2nd SS Panzer, 17th SS Panzergrenadier, and 353rd Infantry Divisions, all seeking to escape entrapment.A desperate counterattack was mounted against the 2nd Armored Division by German remnants, but this was a disaster and the Germans abandoned their vehicles and fled on foot. An exhausted and demoralized Bayerlein reported that his Panzer Lehr Division was "finally annihilated", with its armor wiped out, its personnel either casualties or missing, and all headquarters records lost.

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FANTASTIC FIND !! Ground Excavated Relic WWII German K98 Rifle Grenade Mortar Launcher ! - ( Recovered Kurland Battlefield )

Here is a fantastic find ! A ground dug relic k98 rifle grenade launcher attachment recovered on the Kurland Pocket Battlefield. 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.

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RARE WWII Ground Dug "Battlefield" RELIC German KRIEGSMARINE or WHERMACHT MOTORCYCLE " BMW Zundapp" LICENSE PLATE !
( Recovered Baltic Courland Pocket )

Here is a rare to find and always collectible German Whermacht or possibly Kriegsmarine Motorcycle License Plate with inspection stamp still showing through the ground action. Recovered near remnants of a BMW Zundapp. Kurland Pocket Battlefield area.At the start of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Courland, along with the rest of the Baltic, was overrun by Army Group North headed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. In 1944, the Red Army lifted the siege of Leningrad and re-conquered the Baltic area along with much of Ukraine and Belarus. However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea. they were trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and the Red Baltic Fleet. Colonel-General Heinz Guderian, the Chief of the German General Staff, insisted to Adolf Hitler that the troops in Courland should be evacuated by sea and used for the defense of Germany. Hitler refused, and ordered the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine forces in Courland to continue the defence of the area. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. On January 15, 1945, Army Group Courland (Heeresgruppe Kurland) was formed under Colonel-General Dr. Lothar Rendulic The blockade by elements of the Leningrad Front remained until May 8, 1945, when the Army Group Courland, then under its last commander, Colonel-General Carl Hilpert, surrendered to Marshal Leonid Govorov, the commander of the Leningrad Front (reinforced by elements of the 2nd Baltic Front) on the Courland perimeter. At this time the group consisted of the remnants of some 31 divisions. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began moving to Soviet prison camps in the East. The majority of them never returned to Germany.

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INCREDIBLE Ground Dug WWII German Battle Damaged Waffen-SS Elite EM Maker Marked BUCKLE !
( Recovered retreat route BATTLE OF BERLIN area )


Here is a highly collectible and rare to find excavated German SS Buckle that was ground dug in the region of the Battle of Berlin. German SS Buckles in mint condition can fetch prices in the $700-$900 range with excavated battle damaged examples even harder to find. This example is maker marked as well. It is a spectacular personal item that I wish could tell its story of those final days. It was definitely crimped or struck at some point in battle. 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 late 20 April 1945 until the )morning of 2 May and was one of the bloodiest battles in history. 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 smaller battles of the Seelow Heights and Halbe. During 20 April 1945, the 1st Belorussian Front led by Marshal Geori Zhukov started shelling Berlin's city centre, while Marshal Ivan Konevs 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 Hitler 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.

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RARE WW2 Ground Dug Relic German "Whermacht" 205th Infantry "Mushroom" Division "TRENCH ART" Mess Kit Lid and RARE INSIGNIA Lot
( Recovered Surrender Site Army Group North Courland Battlefield )


Here is an incredible lot of soldiers trench art and his personal initials and his Insignia of the 205th German Infantry Division that surrendered along with Army Group North Courland Pocket. The 205th Infantry Division (German: 205. Infanterie-Division) was a German division during the Second World War.Initially formed as the 14th Militia Division (German: 14. Landwehr Division), the division was mobilized a few days before the invasion of Poland in 1939, and remained on garrison duty in Germany throughout that campaign. It was the only Landwehr unit mobilized during 1939-1945 (others that were mobilized were reorganized as 3rd-Wave-style divisions), though the 97th Landwehr Division had been mobilized for the 1938 Anschluss.It was renamed the 205th Infantry Division on January 1, 1940 and sent to France near the end of the western campaign. It was demobilized in July, but mobilized again in early 1941, and served as a garrison against potential any Allied invasion until early 1942. It was then sent to the Russian Front, where it served with Army Group Center in the "little Stalingrad" at Velikiye Luki over the winter of 1942-1943. The division was transferred to Army Group North in late 1943 and eventually trapped in the Courland Pocket, where it surrendered to the Soviets in 1945.

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HISTORIC Relic WWII GERMAN "WHERMACHT" Army MOTORCYCLE REAR PLATE with part of an inspection stamp visible - IS 305719 - Unit stationed Hannover-Prussia Province ( Austrian Collection )

Here is a neat relic German rear Motorcycle plate issued to a unit stationed in the province of Hannover. Hannover was an important road junction, railhead and production centre that was a target for strategic bombing during World War II, including the Oil Campaign. Targets included the AFA (Stöcken), the Deurag-Nerag refinery (Misburg), the Continental plants (Vahrenwald and Limmer), the United light metal works (VLW) in Ricklingen and Laatzen (today Hanover fairground. the Hanover/Limmer rubber reclamation plant, the Hanomag factory (Linden) and the tank factory M.N.H. Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen (Badenstedt). Forced labourers were used from the Hannover-Misburg subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The residential areas were also targeted and more than 6,000 people were killed in the Allied bombing raids. More than 90% of the city centre was destroyed in 88 bombing raids. After the war, the Aegidienkirche was not rebuilt and its ruins were kept as a war memorial.The Allied ground advance into Germany reached Hanover in April 1945. The US 84th Infantry Division captured the city on 10 April 1945.

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RARE "Battlefield Dug" RELIC German P38 Officers LUGER - Incredible Condition with both Bakelite Grips intact ! - ( Recovered BASTOGNE 12th SS Positions )

Here is a highly collectible ground dug relic German WW2 Walther p38 officers pistol Battlefield Dug Bastogne. Incredible condition with both bakelite grips still intact ! 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.

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RARE Ground Dug RELIC German SS PANZER TANK "Commanders" HEADPHONES / HEADSET - Excavated TANNENBERG LINE !

Here is an original relic German Tank Officer's Headset that was dug at Tannenberg Line Battlefield on the Eastern Front. Very nice historic relic ! The Battle of Tannenberg Line was a military engagement between the German Army Detachment "Narwa" and the Soviet Leningrad Front. They 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 the 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 half of the infantry consisted of local Estonian conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation. The German force of 22,250 men held off 136,830 Soviet troops. As the Soviet forces were constantly reinforced, the casualties of the battle were 150,000–200,000 dead and wounded Soviet troops and 157–164 tanks.

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INCREDIBLE HISTORY ! Ground Dug WWII German WHERMACHT 371st Infantry Division TROOP PLACEMENT ROAD SIGN - ( Excavated STALINGRAD-Kessel - Russian Front )

Here is a very cool relic that was excavated in condition as shown at Stalingrad. The sign has the painted motif of the 371st Infantry that was part of the legendary sixth army and was destroyed by Russian troops in the brutal fighting around Stalingrad. The so-called spikes Division was established as a division of 19 installation shaft on February 17, 1942, on the military training camp of Beverloo in Belgium by the AOK 15 and assigned to the military district command VI headquartered in Münster, Germany. The installation was completed on 1 June 1942. The area became a southern Russia. The Division was formed in December 1942 the 6th Army (IV Corps) subordinate (previously 2. Pz.Armee) and included as part of this in the battle of Stalingrad and completely destroyed in January 1943.The Division was again raised on order of the army high command 7 on February 17, 1943 in Brittany from convalescent and replacement troops at Kampfgruppe strength, from June 9, 1943, again in full Division strength. The Division was then entrusted with coastal protection duties in Italy and in December 1943 again to the East, Croatia moved to. From there, it went in the North Ukraine, Poland and Silesia. The Division turned out to be the end of the war when German Brod /Moravia, the present-day Havlickuv Brod, in Soviet captivity. About 265,000 German, Romanian, Italian soldiers,the 369th (Croatian) Reinforced Infantry Regiment, and other volunteer subsidiary troops including some 40,000 Soviet volunteers fighting for the Germans were surrounded. German strength in the pocket was about 210,000 according to strength breakdowns of the 20 field divisions (average size 9,000) and 100 battalion sized units of the Sixth Army on 19 November 1942. Inside the pocket (German: Kessel, literally "cauldron"), there were also around 10,000 Soviet civilians and several thousand Soviet soldiers the Germans had taken captive during the battle. Not all of the 6th Army was trapped; 50,000 soldiers were brushed aside outside the pocket. These belonged mostly to the other 2 divisions of the 6th Army between the Italian and Romanian Armies: the 62nd and 298th Infantry Divisions. Of the 210,000 Germans, 10,000 remained to fight on, 105,000 surrendered, 35,000 left by air and the remaining 60,000 died, committed suicide in the 11 weeks after being encircled or were unable to surrender when the end was there.

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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
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SPECTACULAR "HISTORIC" ARTIFACT ! - Battlefield Relic German Officer RELIC LUGER PISTOL P08 - ( Recovered Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge 12th SS Hitler Youth Positions )

Absolutely Museum quality relic German Luger Pistol from a veteran who metal detected Bastogne while stationed in Belgium in the 70's. Don't let this chance get away to own a true museum quality relic. 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.

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"Highly Collectible and IMPRESSIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE " ELITE German Waffen-SS TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE or HALFTRACK Large Front License Plate
with INSPECTION STAMP - ( Recovered Radzymin,Walomin Battlefield )


Here is the one collectible everyone wants ! A Ground excavated beautiful large and solid with surface ground action but very visible painted runes, German Waffen-SS troop transport vehicle license front plate that was excavated in Poland in the area of Radzymin. Site of wicked tank battles. Don't let this one get away ! After the Russian reconnaissance units reached Warsaw in late July, on August 1, 1944 the Warsaw Uprising started. Starting from an area south of Minsk Mazowiecki, Lieutenant-General N. D. Vedeneev's 3rd Tank Corps (part of the Soviet Second Tank Army) thrust northwest through Okuniew and Wolomin to Radzymin, reaching an area only three miles (five kilometers) from the strategic bridge over the Narew River at Zegrze.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 Wolomin 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 Wolomin, 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.

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HISTORIC RELICS ! 9 Ground Dug Battlefield RELIC US MG "Rounds" that were recovered ( BASTOGNE, BATTLE OF THE BULGE )

Incredible Find ! These Authentic Ground Dug Relic ( for display only ) 50 caliber Browning MG rounds that were excavated near Bastogne by a serviceman stationed in Belgium during the 1970's and 80'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 !

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HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE ! Rare WWII Ground Dug NAZI German Army " WHERMACHT " Motorcycle Fender LICENSE PLATE !
( Inspection Stamp still visible ) - ( Bastogne-Noville Battlefield )


Here is a chance to own a highly sought after WWII German Motorcycle Fender License Plate numbered WH-408660 still has the inspection visible through the ground action. The other side where it was recovered face down is not legible. A beautiful display plate and piece of history !
When the initial effort failed, the enemy continued to attack Noville while attempting to by-pass the village to the north and south. The Germans moving around Noville to the north were meeting with more success than were their fellows moving south of the village. To the north, there were no American troops. To the south were the 501st and the 506th. The enemy was trying to slip between their forward lines and Noville in an attempt to surround Noville and the going was slow. Within our FO party we knew nothing of this. We knew only that we had to get fire on the enemy north of Noville. In order to accomplish this, Canham selected a stone barn on the northeastern outskirts of the village as our observation post. He and Plummer went to the second floor from which they could observe through an open window. I set the radio up at the other end of the barn just outside a door on the first floor and ran a wire to Canham and Plummer so that we could send fire missions to the Fire Direction Center (FDC) of the 321st in Savy.

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


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HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ! Original WW2 German "Whermacht" MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATE with INSPECTION STAMP ! ( Berlin )

Here is a very cool WW2 German Motorcycle Plate with Inspection Stamp in nice relic condition ! The battle in Berlin was an end phase of the Battle of Berlin. While the Battle of Berlin encompassed the attack by three Soviet Army Groups to capture not only Berlin but the territory of Germany east of the River Elbe still under German control, the battle in Berlin details the fighting and German capitulation that took place within the city.The outcome of the battle to capture the capital of the Third Reich was decided during the initial phases of the Battle of Berlin that took place outside the city. As the Soviets invested Berlin and the German forces placed to stop them were destroyed or forced back, and the city's fate was sealed. Nevertheless, there was much heavy fighting within the city as the Red Army fought its way, street by street, into the centre.On 23 April 1945, the first Soviet ground forces started to penetrate the outer suburbs of Berlin. By 27 April, Berlin was completely cut off from the outside world. The battle in the city continued until 2 May 1945. On that date, the commander of the Berlin Defence Area, General Helmuth Weidling, surrendered to the commander of the Soviet 8th Guards Army, Lieutenant-General Vasily Chuikov. Chuikov was a constituent of Marshal Georgiy Zhukov's 1st Belorussian Front.

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HISTORIC RELIC WWII "Battle Damaged" BRITISH MK HELMET Recovered Normandy - Severe Battlefield Damage !

Sword Beach was the objective of 3rd (British) Infantry Division. They were to advance inland as far as Caen, and line up with British Airborne forces east of the Orne River/Caen Canal. The Orne River bridges had been seized in late at night on the 5th of June by a glider-borne reinforced company commanded by Maj. John Howard. As at the other beaches, British forces penetrated quite a ways inland after breaking the opposition at water's edge. Unfortunately, the objective of Caen was probably asking too much of a single infantry division, especially given the traffic jams and resistance encountered further inland. 1st Special Service (Commando) brigade commanded by Lord Lovat, linked up in the morning with Howard's force at Pegasus bridge on the British left. Fierce opposition from the 2lst Panzer and later the 12th SS Panzer division prevented the British from reaching Caen on the 6th. Indeed, Caen was not taken until late June.

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FANTASTIC HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD FIND ! Excavated WW2 German Whermacht Army "SDKFZ" HALFTRACK ARMOURED VEHICLE License Plate !
( Recovered Stalingrad Battlefield ) "HUGE PLATE !" 13.5 X 12.5 inches

How often do you get a chance to own for your collection a highly sought after WW2 German HALFTRACK license plate relic that was recovered in Stalingrad. 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. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.
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RARE HISTORIC RELIC WW2 German "LUFTWAFFE" SD2 " Butterfly WINGS Casing " ( Excavated Luftwaffe Airbase, Poland )

Here is an original ground dug relic WW2 German Luftwaffe SD2 or Butterfly Bomb Casing ( 100% excavated Inert casing for historic display only ) that was dug in Poland and still retains original Luftwaffe feldgrau paint . A Butterfly Bomb (or Sprengbombe Dickwandig 2 kg or SD2) was a German 2 kilogram anti-personnel submunition used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was so named because the thin cylindrical metal outer shell which hinged open when the bomblet deployed gave it the superficial appearance of a large butterfly. The design was very distinctive and easy to recognise. SD2 bomblets were not dropped individually, but were packed into containers holding between 6 and 108 submunitions e.g. the AB 23 SD-2 and AB 250-3 submunitions dispensers. The SD2 submunitions were released after the container was released from the aircraft and had burst open. Because SD2s were always dropped in groups (never individually) the discovery of one unexploded SD2 was a reliable indication that others had been dropped nearby. This bomb type was one of the first cluster bombs ever used in combat and it proved to be a highly effective weapon. The bomb containers that carried the SD2 bomblets and released them in the air were nicknamed the "Devil's Eggs" by Luftwaffe air and ground crew.

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INCREDIBLE RELIC FROM STALINGRAD ! Ground Dug WWII Relic RUSSIAN ( Sniper Protection ) BODY ARMOR ( Complete with both sections ! )

Here is a historic and extremely rare original WW2 relic Russian Body Armor for upper and lower, in incredible ground dug condition and solid that was recovered from the brutal city fighting around Stalingrad that had the Russians using WWI protection by wearing sheets of iron to protect them from German snipers. This armor is complete with all sections. A great display relic ! The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.

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RARE TO FIND ! Battlefield " SHRAPNEL STRUCK" Fascist ITALIAN Volunteer HELMET SHELL - ( Recovered -GOTHIC LINE, Italy )

Here is an extremely rare to find Axis Italian WW2 helmet that is battle damaged with an impact crack caused by shrapnel shock. After the nearly concurrent breakthroughs at Cassino and Anzio in spring 1944, the 11 nations representing the Allies in Italy finally had a chance to trap the Germans in a pincer movement and to realize some of Winston Churchills strategic goals for the long, costly campaign against the Axis "underbelly". This would have required U.S 5th Army under Lieutenant General Mark Clark to commit most of his Anzio forces to the drive east from Cisterna, and to execute the envelopment envisioned in the original planning for the Anzio landing (i.e., flank the German 10th Army, and sever its northbound line of retreat from Cassino). Instead, fearing that the 8th Army might beat him to Rome, Clark diverted a large part of his Anzio force in that direction in an attempt to ensure that he and the 5th Army would have the honour of liberating the Eternal City.During the winter of 1944-1945, armed Italians were on both sides of the Gothic Line. On the Allied side were four Italian groups of volunteers from the old Italian army. These Italian volunteers were equipped and trained by the British. On the Axis side were four RSI divisions. Three of the RSI divisions, the 2nd Italian "Littorio" Infantry Division, the 3rd Italian "San Marco" Marine Division, and the 4th Italian "Monte Rosa Alpine Division were allocated to the LXXXXVII "Liguria" Army under Graziani and were placed to guard the western flank of the Gothic Line facing France. The fourth RSI division, the 1st Italian "Italia" Infantry Division, was attached to the German 14th Army in a sector of the Apennine Mountains thought least likely to be attacked. On 26 December 1944, several sizeable RSI military units, including elements of the 4th Italian "Monterosa Division" Alpine Division and the 3rd Italian "San Marco" Marine Division, participated in Operation Winter Storm. This was a combined German and Italian offensive against the 92nd Infantry Division. The battle was fought in the Apennines. While limited in scale, this was a successful offensive and the RSI units did their part. In February 1945, the 92nd Infantry Division again came up against RSI units. This time it was Bersaglieri of the 1st Italian "Italia" Infantry Division. The Italians successfully halted the US division's advance.

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RARE Battlefield Find ! WW2 German RELIC Condition LUFTWAFFE DD M40 HELMET !  - ( Recovered Courland Pocket )

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.

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RARE WW2 Battlefield Dug Relic Large Size Model SD M42 " RAW EDGE "  with metal liner German WAFFEN-SS HELMET SHELL !  ( Recovered Courland Peninsula, Eastern Front )

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.

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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.

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THIS HISTORIC MUSEUM RELIC is very hard to part with ! - Ground Dug Relic BATTLE-DAMAGED "Heavy" Russian MAXIM MACHINE GUN Barrel !
Bullet Riddled ! - ( Recovered STALINGRAD ! )

Incredible rare to find and Huge, Russian Belt-Fed HEAVY MAXIM MACHINE GUN Water-cooled Barrel that was recovered with "furious" battle damage. Machine Gun Battlefield Artifacts are highly collectible in battle damaged condition. Russians and German troops used the powerful Maxim Heavy MG.The Russian M1910 Maxim machine gun was the standard military heavy machine gun through most of WWII. The Russian Maxim was a water cooled belt fed heavy machine gun used by both the Russian and Soviet armies. It was adopted in 1910 and was a variant of Hiram Maxim’s Maxim gun chambered for the standard Russian rifle ammunition. The M1910 was normally mounted on a cumbersome wheeled mount with a bullet shield, although there were some rare light tripod mounts that were made as well as various naval and aircrafts mounts. With the heavy wheeled Sokolov mount, the weapon tipped the scaled at 139 pounds, though without the mount it was considerably lighter. Still, it was a heavy gun. It was recoil operated, and fired at 600 rounds per minute off of 250 round belts that were usually made of cloth, or, more rarely, metal. The metal links were usually not preferred as they were much harder on the internals of the gun and caused more wear than the cloth belts. With a few simple tools it was possible to remove the starting tab on one metal belt and then connect another belt together to make a longer belt, however. A very reliable weapon, it was well liked, but it did have many drawbacks. It was considerably heavier than the German MG2, making it far less mobile, and did not have as fast of a rate of fire as its counterpart either. Further, it lacked the ability to quickly change barrels, something that is often needed in heavy machine gun as the rate of fire can burn out barrels very quickly. However, for what it lacked in refined features it made up for in brute force. The gun could fire in longer bursts that many of its contemporaries as the water contained in the tubular water jacket around the barrel kept the barrel from burning up quicker than it would without it.
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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.

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INCREDIBLE "HISTORIC" RECOVERY ! Ground Dug WW2 Battlefield GERMAN ARMY ( "Whermacht" ) " HALFTRACK " LICENSE PLATE ! ( Courland Pocket, Eastern Front Battlefield )

Here is an incredible large size highly sought after original WW2 German "HALFTRACK" license plate relic from my personal collection, 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. 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.

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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.

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THIS HISTORIC MUSEUM RELIC is very hard to part with ! -  Ground Dug Relic BATTLE-DAMAGED "Heavy" Russian MAXIM MACHINE GUN Barrel !
Bullet Riddled ! - ( Recovered STALINGRAD ! )


Incredible rare to find and Huge, Russian Belt-Fed HEAVY MAXIM MACHINE GUN Water-cooled Barrel that was recovered with "furious" battle damage. This will most likely be the first and last one of these I will ever see pass through. Both Russians and German troops used the powerful Maxim Heavy MG.The Russian M1910 Maxim machine gun was the standard military heavy machine gun through most of WWII. The Russian Maxim was a water cooled belt fed heavy machine gun used by both the Russian and Soviet armies. It was adopted in 1910 and was a variant of Hiram Maxim’s Maxim gun chambered for the standard Russian rifle ammunition. The M1910 was normally mounted on a cumbersome wheeled mount with a bullet shield, although there were some rare light tripod mounts that were made as well as various naval and aircrafts mounts. With the heavy wheeled Sokolov mount, the weapon tipped the scaled at 139 pounds, though without the mount it was considerably lighter. Still, it was a heavy gun. It was recoil operated, and fired at 600 rounds per minute off of 250 round belts that were usually made of cloth, or, more rarely, metal. The metal links were usually not preferred as they were much harder on the internals of the gun and caused more wear than the cloth belts. With a few simple tools it was possible to remove the starting tab on one metal belt and then connect another belt together to make a longer belt, however. A very reliable weapon, it was well liked, but it did have many drawbacks. It was considerably heavier than the German MG2, making it far less mobile, and did not have as fast of a rate of fire as its counterpart either. Further, it lacked the ability to quickly change barrels, something that is often needed in heavy machine gun as the rate of fire can burn out barrels very quickly. However, for what it lacked in refined features it made up for in brute force. The gun could fire in longer bursts that many of its contemporaries as the water contained in the tubular water jacket around the barrel kept the barrel from burning up quicker than it would without it.

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EXTREMELY RARE WW2 "Battlefield" Dug RELIC German "Waffen-SS" 6TH SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade - Langemarck
Dog Tag Death ID ( Recovered Kurland Pocket - Eastern Front )


Here is a very desireable and 100% original German SS Dog tag 6th Brigade 2nd Battalion Dog Tag. Excavated Kurland.
In Bohemia, 1,700 new recruits were waiting to join the division, and soon it was back up to strength. On 19 July 1944, Kampfgruppe Rehmann was formed, commanded by SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Rehmann. KG Rehmann, consisting of the Langemarck's 2nd battalion was sent to the Narva front to become a part of Felix Steiner's III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps which was defending the Tannenberg Line. The Tannenberg Line was anchored on three strategic hills. Running west to east, these were known as Hill 69.9 (69.9-Höhe), Grenadier Hill (Grenadier-Höhe) and Orphanage Hill (Kinderheim-Höhe). From Orphanage Hill, the rear side of the town of Narva could be protected. KG Rehmann was tasked with defending Orphanage Hill. Fighting alongside men of the 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Division Nordland, the 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien, the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian), the 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland and several German formations, the Langemarck was engaged in very heavy combat against the Soviets. An example of the fighting spirit and tenacity of the Langemarck men can be seen by the actions of the Flemish NCO Remi Schrijnen. During the fighting, Schrijnen singlehandedly knocked out more than a dozen enemy tanks while wounded and cut off from his unit. In a period of 48 hours, Schrijnen personally halted several Soviet tank attacks which threatened to encircle the Langemarck and the Estonian SS men fighting alongside them. He even destroyed two T-34's with one shot from his PaK anti-tank gun. For his actions, Schrijnen was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Over the next few months, Langemarck, along with the remainder of Steiner's Corps, executed a fighting withdrawal into the Kurland Pocket, the brigade being in combat for much of the retreat.

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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.

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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.

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INCREDIBLE HISTORIC ARTIFACT ! - Ground Dug BATTLEFIELD Recovered "EXPLODED" US "BROWNING 1919 Machine Gun" Section - ( Battlefield of Bastogne )

Here is a chance to own a battle damaged chunk of a Browning 1919 Machine Gun relic that quite possibly was a tank mount, jeep mount or foxhole MG position. An incredible chance to own a truly historic artifact. Near-complete surprise was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with Allied offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance. The Germans attacked a weakly defended section of the Allied line, taking advantage of heavily overcast weather conditions, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces. Fierce resistance on the northern shoulder of the offensive around Elsenborn Ridge and in the south around Bastogne blocked German access to key roads to the northwest and west that they counted on for success; columns that were supposed to advance along parallel routes found themselves on the same roads. This and terrain that favoured the defenders threw the German advance behind schedule and allowed the Allies to reinforce the thinly placed troops. Improved weather conditions permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, which 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. The battle involved about 610,000 American men, of whom some 89,000 were casualties, including 19,000 killed. It was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in World War II.

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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.
By order of Heeresgruppe Nord, it was forbidden to use the phrase "Kurland pocket."  Since the defeat at Stalingrad, the word "pocket" carried connotations of impending disaster.  The term "bridgehead" was thought to be better suited since it was viewed as jumping off point for offensives.  So "Kurland bridgehead" became the official name.  There were a total of six battles of Kurland.  It was during these battles the 10th Guards of the 11th Division would become known as a staple "fire-brigade" of the Kurland front.  The sixth battle began on 18 March 1945 when the Red Army artillery opened up on the front between Dangas and Skutini.  The Soviet 10th Guards Army concentrated their attack on the positions in the middle of this barrage with armored formations & support of the Red Air Force which was used to cripple German supply lines and communication.  The Russian onslaught broke through at several locations.  Some German strong points were cut off and these troops had to fight their way back to the new German positions.  In spite of the local Russian successes, the Germans were able to hold a defensive line and denied the Russians a victory.  It was reported that 92 enemy armored vehicles were knocked out in this fightingThe Russian 10th Guards Army repeatedly attempted in the following days to force a breakthrough and capture the port city of Libau.  The German Army now known as Heeresgruppe Kurland continued to successfully hold back the red tide, but were forced to give ground in certain sectors to form a new line of resistance.  Despite being outnumbered in men and weapons, the Germans showed that they are able to match in combat the massive Russian formations
 
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EXTREMELY RARE Ground Dug Lot of WWI POLISH ARMY EAST Headquarters Breast Award ! and a RARE WWI 1ST BRIGADE POLISH LEGION Breast Award !
Ground Dug WARSAW !


Here is a great opportunity to own highly desireable original and rare WWI Polish Awards in ground dug condition. The Headquarters Eastern Front award has the Knedler screwback secure and the 1st Brigade Polish Legion is incredible still retaining the decorative crimson padding. Both awards are in very ice dug condition.The First Brigade was formed on December 19, 1914, as part of the Polish Legions in World War I. Until October 1916 the First Brigade was commanded by Józef Pilsudski thereafter by Marian Zegota-Januszajtis. The First Brigade and the Third Brigade were disbanded after the 1917 Oath Crisis. In mid-1916, after the Battle of Kostiuchnówka in which the Polish Legions delayed a Russian offensive at a cost of over 2,000 casualties,The Battle of Kostiuchnówka was a World War I battle that took place July 4–6, 1916, near the village of Kostiuchnówka (Kostyukhnivka) and the Styr River in the Volhynia region of modern Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. It was a major clash between the Russian Army and the Polish Legions (part of the Austro-Hungarian Army) during the opening phase of the Brusilov Offensive.Polish forces, numbering 5,500–7,300, faced Russian forces numbering over half of the 46th Corps of 26,000. The Polish forces were eventually forced to retreat, but delayed the Russians long enough for the other Austro-Hungarian units in the area to retreat in an organized manner. Polish casualties were approximately 2,000 fatalities and wounded. The battle is considered one of the largest and most vicious of those involving the Polish Legions in World War IPilsudski demanded that the Central Powers issue a guarantee of independence for Poland. He backed this demand with his own proffered resignation and that of many of the Legions' officers. On 5 November 1916 the Central Powers proclaimed the "independence" of Poland, hoping to increase the number of Polish troops that could be sent to the eastern front against Russia, thereby relieving German forces to bolster the western front. Pilsudski agreed to serve in the Regency Kingdom of Poland created by the Central Powers, and acted as minister of war in the newly formed Polish Regency government; as such he was responsible for the Polnische Wehrmacht.

Polish Army WWI Headquarters Eastern Front Award - $ 150
Polish Legion WWI 1st Brigade Award - $190
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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 !

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RARE "HISTORIC" Ground Dug Relic Battlefield GERMAN MP40 "Schmeisser" Sub-Machine GUN Artifact - ( Recovered Battle of the Bulge - Ardennes )
Here is a very historic metal detection find that was recovered Bulge Battlefield. The MG Relic MP40 "Schmeisser" is in sections and rough but could with some care restore it for display. A rare opportunity to add a historic WWII battlefield relic weapon to your collection.The Battle of the Bulge (also known as Ardennenoffensive, Ardennes Counteroffensive, and Rundstedtoffensive, Von Rundstedt Offensive to the Germans) (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive launched through the densely forested Ardennes mountain region of Wallonia in Belgium, and France and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II. The Wehrmachts code name for the offensive was Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein ("Operation Watch on the Rhine"), after the German patriotic hymn Die Wacht am Rhein. The French name for the operation is Bataille des Ardennes.There are several American names for this battle. The first was the description given to the way the Allied front line bulged inward on wartime news maps, which was reported in the contemporary press as the Battle of the Bulge. The battle was militarily defined as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, which included the German drive and the American effort to contain and later defeat it. Following the war, the U.S. Army issued a campaign citation for its units fighting in northwest Europe at the time. This was called the Ardennes-Alsace campaign and included the Ardennes sector (of the Ardennes Counteroffensive fighting) and units further south in the Alsace sector. The latter units were not involved except for elements sent northward as reinforcements. While the Ardennes Counteroffensive is correct military parlance, because the official Ardennes-Alsace campaign covers much more than the Ardennes battle region, the most popular description remains simply the Battle of the Bulge.

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SPECTACULAR FIND !  A Battle Damaged " MEMORIAL ID'D and BATTLE DAMAGED TRENCH ART Relic Russian Canteen - RUSSIAN SNIPER HISTORY !
 ( Recovered EASTERN FRONT Battlefield of Narva )

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 .. : )

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EXTREMELY RARE ! WWII Ground Excavated Relic - GERMAN DRK "HEWER" DAGGER with Scabbard and RED CROSS BUCKLE ! - ( Recovered Battle of Berlin - Seelow Heights )  

Here is an incredibly hard to find ground dug relic WW2 German DRK Dagger and Buckle that were recovered near the Seelow Heights Battlefield. The Battle of the Seelow Heights (German: Schlacht um die "Seelower Höhen"), was a part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945), one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of World War II. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army, commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. Seelow Heights was where the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.The result was the encirclement of the German 9th Army and the Battle of Halbe.

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RARE Ground Dug WW2 RELIC GERMAN " FELDGENDARMERIE " GORGET Decoration ! - ( Recovered France, in the 1970's by Alain Rodeoux )

Here is an extremely rare to find excavated German Gorget that was recovered without its chain, in a Normandy hedgerow by Alain Rodeoux in the early 70's. Halfway hoping this one doesnt sell to quick as it looks killer in a shadowbox. A beautiful war relic for insignia collectors. These in nice condition all book in the $1000 plus range.. Fighting in Normandy was fierce and bloody. The Germans knew that there was only one chance of pushing the Allies out of France and that was in Normandy itself. The further inland the Allies got, the weaker the German position would be – hence the ferocity of the fighting. For men such as Marshal Kluge, the battles fought in Normandy were literally make or break for the German army. Defeat in Normandy would almost certainly mean the loss of France before the Allies turned on Nazi Germany itself. Both sides saw control of Caen as being pivotal to success in Normandy. The Allies launched various attacks on the city, which eventually fell but only after Allied bombing had all but destroyed the Old City. Equally fierce fighting took place just three miles to the south of Caen at Verrières Ridge – a place of great strategic importance for whoever held it as the ridge gave a commanding view over the surrounding terrain.  The Germans faced an army that had access to a seemingly endless supply of fuel and equipment. While the Mulberry Harbour had not lasted long, it had served its purpose. With the beaches secured, with the port of Cherbourg captured and with effective control of the English Channel, supplying the Allied forces in Normandy was not a huge issue. The Germans were not in the same position. Regardless of this, fighting in Normandy was fierce and progress inland was slow. German resistance was invariably strong. German resistance culminated in mid-August 1944 when the Allies trapped 150,000 German soldiers in and around the town of Falaise. Thousands of Germans did escape via the Falaise Gap (Falaise Pocket) before it was closed. But many thousands were captured along with their equipment. The loss of such a large force was a disaster for the Germans and one the German Army in France did not recover from.

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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.

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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 !

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FANTASTIC COLLECTIBLE WW2 GERMAN MOTORCYCLE RELIC ! German Kradschützen) from the WAFFEN- SS Division "Totenkopf" MOTORCYCLE SEAT - Maker marked - DRILASTIC ! ( Recovered "Demjansk" Pocket )

Here is a fantastic relic from my personal collection. An original German sidecar Motorcycle seat by Drilastic that was recovered in Demjansk in positions occupied by SS troops Totenkopf. along with other parts that have since sold. In April 1941, the division was ordered East to join Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb's Army Group North. Leeb's force was tasked with advancing on Leningrad and formed the northern wing of Operation Barbarossa. Totenkopf saw action in Lithuania and Latvia, and by July had breached the vaunted Stalin Line. The division then advanced past Demjansk to Leningrad where it was involved in heavy fighting from 31 July to 25 August.
During the autumn and winter of 1941, the Soviets launched a number of operations against the German lines in the northern sector of the Front. During one, the Division was encircled for several months near Demjansk in what would come to be known as the Demjansk Pocket. During these kessel (cauldron) battles, Totenkopf suffered so greatly, that due to its reduced size, it was re-designated Kampfgruppe "Eicke". The division was involved in ferocious fighting to hold the pocket. SS-Hauptsturmführer Erwin Meierdress of the Sturmgeschütze-Batterie (Assault Gun) Totenkopf formed a Kampfgruppe of about 120 soldiers and held the strategic town of Bjakowo despite repeated determined enemy attempts to capture it. During these battles, Meierdress personally destroyed several enemy tanks in his StuG III. He was awarded the Iron Cross for his actions during this period. In April 1942, the division broke out of the pocket and managed to reach friendly territory. At Demjansk, about 80% of its soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in action. The remnants of the Division were pulled out of the line in late October, 1942 and sent to France to be refitted. While there, the Division took part in Case Anton, the takeover of Vichy France in November 1942. For this operation, the division was supplied with a Panzer battalion and redesignated 3.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf. The division remained in France until February, 1943, when their old commander, Theodor Eicke, resumed control.

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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.

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FANTASTIC HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD FIND ! Excavated WW2 German Whermacht Army "SDKFZ" HALFTRACK ARMOURED VEHICLE License Plate !
( Recovered Stalingrad Battlefield )


How often do you get a chance to own for your collection a highly sought after WW2 German HALFTRACK license plate relic that was recovered in Stalingrad. 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. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.

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EXTREMELY RARE !  WW2 Ground Dug Relic German M35 Whermacht " SNOW CAMO " Helmet - ( Recovered Courland Pocket Battlefield )

Here is an incredible arrival !  Rare is the opportunity to own a Battlefield Relic German "WINTER CAMO" paint helmet. Also still retains the inner liner, lugs and a portion of the original chinstrap. Dont let this one get away ! 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.

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RARE !  WW2 German WAFFEN-SS -"Nordland " MOTORCYCLE 2-Sided Official Stamped  VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE Relic !  - ( Recovered Kurland Pocket Battlefield )

Here is a recovered German Motorcycle Vehicle License Plate - 2 sided with faint but visible eagle and swastika military stamp. These have always been and scarce and are now highly collectible. Recoveredat 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.

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INCREDIBLE RARE German ID TAG - Waffen -SS Nazi 1st SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division NARVA -  ( Recovered Tannenberg Line Battlefield )

Highly Desireable Ground Dug German Waffen-SS ID TAG 1st SS-Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division Narwa. Solid Condition with blood type and serial number visible. The Battle of Narva was a military campaign between the German Army Detachment "Narwa" and the Soviet Leningrad Front fought for possession of the strategically important Narva Isthmus on 2 February – 10 August 1944 during World War II.The campaign took place in the northern section of the Eastern Front and consisted of two major phases: the Battle for Narva Bridgehead (February to July 1944) and the Battle of Tannenberg Line (July–August 1944). The Soviet Kingisepp–Gdov Offensive and Narva Offensives (15–28 February, 1–4 March and 18–24 March) were part of the Red Army Winter Spring Campaign of 1944. Following Joseph Stalin's "Broad Front" strategy, these battles coincided with the Dnieper–Carpathian Offensive (December 1943 – April 1944) and the Lvov–Sandomierz Offensive (July–August 1944). A number of foreign volunteers and local Estonian conscripts participated in the battle as part of the German forces. By giving its support to the German illegal conscription call, the Estonian resistance movement had hoped to recreate a national army and restore the independence of the country. As a continuation of the Leningrad–Novgorod Offensive of January 1944, the Soviet Estonian operation pushed the front westward to the Narva River, aiming to destroy the Army Detachment "Narwa" and to thrust deep into Estonia. The Soviet units established a number of bridgeheads on the opposite bank of the river in February. Subsequent attempts failed to expand their toehold. German counterattacks annihilated the bridgeheads to the north of Narva and reduced the bridgehead south of the town, stabilizing the front until July 1944. The Soviet Narva Offensive (July 1944) led to the capture of the city forcing the German troops to retreat to their prepared Tannenberg Defence Line in the Sinimäed hills 16 kilometres from Narva. In the ensuing fierce Battle of Tannenberg Line, the German army group held its ground. Stalin's main strategic goal — a quick recovery of Estonia as a base for air and seaborne attacks against Finland and an invasion of East Prussia — was not achieved. As a result of the tough defence of the German forces.

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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.

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NICE Ground Battlefield Excavated WW2 German "LUFTWAFFE" Ground Troops RELIC - ( Stalingrad Battlefield Recovery )

Here is a nice German Luftwaffe Buckle Recovered Stalingrad Battlefield. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.

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VERY RARE WW2 Ground Dug Relic German ANTI-TANK "Panzerschreck Shield" ! ( Kursk Battlefield Recovery )

Here is a nice ground dug relic german anti-tank panzerschreck shield that was excavated near Kursk Eastern front.The Battle of Kursk took place when German and Soviet forces confronted each other on the Eastern Front during World War II in the vicinity of the city of Kursk, (450 kilometers / 280 miles south of Moscow) in the Soviet Union in July and August 1943. It remains both the largest series of armored clashes, including the Battle of Prokhorovka, and the costliest single day of aerial warfare in history. It was the final strategic offensive the Germans were able to mount in the east. The resulting decisive Soviet victory gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war. The Germans hoped to shorten their lines by eliminating the Kursk salient (also known as the Kursk bulge), created in the aftermath of their defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad. They envisioned pincers breaking through its northern and southern flanks to achieve a great encirclement of Red Army forces. The Soviets, however, had intelligence of the German Army's intentions, provided in part by the British. This and German delays to wait for new weapons, mainly the Tiger heavy tank and what would become the first significant battlefield appearance of the new Panther medium tank,gave the Red Army time to construct a series of dense lines and gather large reserve forces for a strategic counterattack..

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RARE Lot of German LUFTWAFFE FLYING PERMITS - Ground Dug Relics - Recovered STALINGRAD POCKET

Here is an original pair of ground dug Luftwaffe Flying Permit Chits that were recovered Stlingrad. The permits allowed night flying only to prevent further loss of valuable aircraft. Because of the Soviet pincer attack, about 230,000 German and Romanian soldiers, as well as the Croatian 369th Reinforced Infantry Regiment and other volunteer subsidiary troops, found themselves trapped inside the resulting pocket. Inside the pocket (German: kessel) there also were the surviving Soviet civilians—around 10,000, and several thousand Soviet soldiers the Germans had taken captive during the battle. Not all German soldiers from Sixth Army were trapped; 50,000 were brushed aside outside the pocket. The encircling Red Army units immediately formed two defensive fronts: a circumvallation facing inward, to defend against any breakout attempt, and a contravallation facing outward, to defend against any relief attempt. The Sixth Army was the largest unit of this type in the world, almost twice as large as a regular German army. Also trapped in the pocket was a corps of the Fourth Panzer Army. It should have been clear that supplying the pocket by air was impossible -- the maximum 117.5 tons they could deliver a day was less than the 800 tons/day needed by the pocket. To supplement the limited number of Junkers Ju 52 transports, the Germans equipped aircraft wholly inadequate for the role, such as the bomber He-177 (some bombers performed adequately -- the Heinkel He-111 proved to be quite capable and was a lot faster than the Ju 52). But Hitler backed Göring's plan and reiterated his order of "no surrender" to his trapped armies.The air supply mission failed. Appalling weather conditions, technical failures, heavy Soviet anti-aircraft fire and fighter interceptions led to the loss of 488 German aircraft. The Luftwaffe failed to achieve even the maximum supply capacity of 117 tons that it was capable of. An average of 94 tons of supplies per day was delivered to the trapped German Army. Even then, it was often inadequate or unnecessary; one aircraft arrived with 20 tonnes of Vodka and summer uniforms, completely useless in their current situation. The transport aircraft that did land safely were used to evacuate technical specialists and sick or wounded men from the besieged enclave (some 42,000 were evacuated in all). The Sixth Army slowly starved. Pilots were shocked to find the troops assigned to offloading the planes too exhausted and hungry to unload food. General Zeitzler, moved by the troops' plight at Stalingrad, began to limit himself to their slim rations at meal times. After a few weeks of such a diet he'd grown so emaciated that Hitler, annoyed, personally ordered him to start eating regular meals again.The expense to the Transportgruppen was heavy. Some 266 Junkers Ju 52s were destroyed, one-third of the fleets strength on the Soviet-German front. The He 111 gruppen lost 165 aircraft in transport operations. Other losses included 42 Junkers Ju 86s, nine Fw 200 "Condors", five He 177 bombers and a single Ju 290. The Luftwaffe also lost close to 1,000 highly experienced bomber crew personnel.

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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.

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RARE Ground Dug Battlefield Relic German Waffen-SS SD M35 Helmet - ( Recovered Tannenberg Battle Line , Russian Front )
Here is a rare relic condition DD 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.

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ABSOUTELY STUNNING ! Veteran GI Bringback RELIC Large Size German M35/40 SS DD Solid Condition with Liner and Leather !
( Bunker Recovered Manneheim/Sandhofen )


Here is a fascinating German SS DD Helmet Model M35/40 Large Size Helmet complete with metal and leather liner. Quite possibly an Allgemeine-SS Helmet with concentration camp unit ties. The helmet was taken in trade by a GI from a German worker who found it in an abandoned bunker in Sanadhofen/Mannheim.The airfield in Sandhofen was closed to the public and rebuilt as the Fliegerhorst-Kaserne in 1937 as a Luftwaffe base. At the beginning of World War II, the II/JG 53 (2nd Group, Jagdgeschwader 53) fighter unit "Pik-As" (Ace of Spades) was based here, commanded by one of Germany's top combat pilots, Hans Moelders. This unit operated 43 new Bf109 E-1's fighter aircraft at the start of the war. Also stationed at the airbase on the first day of the war was one staffel (squadron) of JG 72 operating 16 of the older Ar68 biplane fighters then being used as a primitive night fighter. In September 1944 a concentration camp was installed on the site which was operated and guarded by the SS, holding 80 POWs from Poland, Luxembourg and Russia.

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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).

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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 Front )

Here is a nice recent find from the Courland Battlefield. A ground dug German WW2 close combat badge award zinc/silver, in nice condition with pin and catch still intact. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of Novgorodka.

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RARE AND HISTORIC Lot of Edged WEAPONS - 12th SS German Officers DAGGER and a USGI Garand BAYONET - ( Recovered Bastogne, Battle of the Bulge )

Here is a ghostly lot of "Edged Weapons" of opposing armies from Bastogne. Ok even to find an excavated SS dagger is a needle in a haystack, but to find one from Bastogne is fantastic even in this rough a condition. The Officer Dagger was recovered 12th SS positions. The USGI Garand Bayonet also from Bastogne makes a nice display lot. The 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend ("Hitler Youth") was a German Waffen-SS armoured division during World War II. The Hitlerjugend was unique because the majority of its junior enlisted men were drawn from members of the Hitler Youth, while the senior NCOs and officers were generally veterans of the Eastern Front.The division, with 20,540 personnel, first saw action on 7 June 1944 as part of the German defense of the Caen area during the Normandy campaign. The battle for Normandy took its toll on the division and it came out of the Falaise pocket with a divisional strength of 12,000 men.Following the invasion battles, the division was sent to Germany for refitting. On 16 December 1944, the division was committed against the US Army in the Battle of the Bulge. After the failure of the Ardennes offensive the division was sent east to fight the Red Army near Budapest. The 12th SS eventually withdrew into Austria; on 8 May 1945, the surviving 10,000 men surrendered to the US Army at Enns. At 7:20 am, Captain McLean reported that two lieutenant colonels and a major approached troops of Major General Stanley Eric Reinhart, announcing that within two hours the end of their column would reach the city.The reputation of the division has been affected by war crimes committed by members of the division during the early battles in Normandy. 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.

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RARE WW2 Battlefield Recovered " BATTLE DAMAGED " German M35/40 LUFTWAFFE SUMMER CAMO  "Named ID Painted "  HELMET ! 

The Second Battle of Kharkov, so named by Wilhelm Keitel was an Axis counter-offensive against the Red Army Izium bridgehead offensive conducted 12–28 May 1942, on the Eastern Front  during World War II Its objective was to eliminate the Izium bridgehead (Russian: Изюмский плацдарм) over Seversky Donets, or the "Barvenkovo bulge" (Russian: Барвенковский выступ) which was one of the Soviet offensive's staging areas. After a successful winter counter-offensive that drove German troops away from Moscow, and also depleted the Red Army's reserves, the Kharkov offensive was a new Soviet attempt to expand upon their strategic initiative, although it failed to secure a significant element of surprise Hitler immediately turned to the Luftwaffe to help blunt the offensive. At this point, its premier close support Korps was deployed in the Crimea, taking part in the siege of Sevastopol. Fliegerkorps VIII (8th Air Corps) under the command of Wolfram von Richthofen was ordered to deploy to Kharkov from the Crimea, but the order was rescinded. In an unusual move, Hitler kept it in the Crimea, but did not put the corps under the command of Generaloberst Alexander Löhr’s Luftflotte 4 (Air Fleet 4), which already contained General der Flieger Kurt Pflugbeil's Fliegerkorps VI (6th Air Corps) and Oberst Wolfgang von Wild’s Fliegerführer Süd (Flying Command South), a small anti-shipping command based in the Crimea. Instead, he allowed von Richthofen to take charge of all operations over Sevastopol. The siege in the Crimea was not over, and the Battle of the Kerch Peninsula had not yet been won. Still, Hitler was pleased with the progress there and content to keep von Richthofen where he was and withdraw air support from Fligerkorps VIII in order to prevent a Soviet breakthrough at Kharkov. The use of the Luftwaffe to compensate for the German Army's lack of firepower indicated that the OKW saw the Luftwaffe primarily as a ground support arm. This angered von Richthofen who complained that the Luftwaffe "was the army’s whore".Now that he was not being redeployed to Kharkov, Richthofen also complained about the withdrawal of his units to the region, arguing that the Kerch and Sevastopol battles were ongoing and owing to the transfer of aerial assets to Kharkov, victory in the Crimea was no longer guaranteed. In reality, the Soviet units at Kerch were already routed and the Axis position at Sevastopol was comfortable.The news that powerful air support was on its way to bolster the 6th Army boosted German morale. Army commanders, such as Paulus and von Bock, placed so much confidence in the Luftwaffe that they ordered their forces not to risk an attack without air support. In the meantime, Fliegerkorps VI under the command of Pflugbeil, was forced to use every available aircraft to stem the tide. Although meeting more numerous Soviet air forces, he succeeded in winning air superiority and limited the German ground forces' losses to Soviet aviation. But the toll on crews was hard. Often, they flew from dawn until dusk. Some crews flew more than 10 missions per day. By 15 May, Pflugbeil was heavily reinforced and he received Kampfgeschwader 27 (Bomber Wing 27, or KG 27), Kampfgeschwader 51 (KG 51), Kampfgeschwader 55 (KG 55) and Kampfgeschwader 76 (KG 76) equipped with Junkers Ju 88 and Heinkel He 111 bombers. Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 (Dive Bomber Wing 77, or StG 77) also arrived to add direct ground support. Pflugbeil now had 10 bomber, six fighter and four Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Gruppen (Groups). Logistical difficulties meant that only 54.5 per cent were operational.

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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.

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INCREDIBLE ! WWII Hedgerow Dug RELIC German WALTHER P038 Officers PISTOL - ( Battlefield recovered near Villers-Bocage )

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.

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RARE Dug WW2 GERMAN WAFFEN SS ID TAG - WAFFEN-SS PRINZ EUGEN - 7TH Mountain Division 5th Artillery - Menumos Estate

The title Prinz Eugen comes from the German spelling of the name Francois Eugene, Prince of Savoy, who lived from 1663 to 1736. Born in Paris, France, Eugene is known to history as being one of the greatest European soldiers of all time. After being refused a commission in the French army by King Louis XIV, Eugene entered the service of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I in 1683, to fight against the Ottoman Turks Made field marshal in 1693, Prince Eugene was the commander and diplomat who led the military campaigns that would lay the foundations for Habsburg power in central Europe. He fought the Turks at Vienna, and helped to establish the Austrio-Hungarian empire. He also fought against France in two wars, and while in command of the imperial army he helped Marlborough in several battles during the War of the Spanish succession. Later, Prince Eugene won several further victories against the Turks, capturing Belgrade in 1718. After a fairly long process of attempting to form an SS Division from the rather large Volksdeutsche community living outside of Germany, and not to meerly incorporate them into other various Wermacht units, Gottlob Berger (As head of the SS recruiting office) managed to help secure the 7th Division of the SS. The 7th Division of the SS was formed from the Volksdeutsche living in the Serbian and Croatian areas of Yugoslavia through volunteers, and then through conscription. The Division was initially established in March of 1942 from a SS Selbstschutz (SS Protection Force) and the Einsatz-Staffel (Also called Prinz Eugen) from Croatia. German combat groups "North", "West", and "South" proceeded along a front through the Chetnik territory in the direction of combat group "East", which was assigned the role of forming a wall to stop the Chetniks. However, Keserović had intelligence about the preparations and the movement of large German forces for an attack, and did not consider it useful to meet the German and Bulgarian forces on a wide front. He ordered his units to regroup into smaller squads for easy maneuvering and penetration. His tactic meant the Chetnik Rasina Corps was able to escape from the ring of enemy soldiers. The Germans and Bulgarians committed reprisals against the civilian population and burned several villages. The village of Kriva Reka, the location of Keserović's headquarters, suffered the most: 120 civilians were locked in the village church and burned to death by members of the 7th SS Division. In other villages in Kopaonik 300 civilians were killed; in the villages on Mount Goč 250 civilians were executed. The Germans killed a total of 670 civilians during this operation.The division's next action was in the Serbian-Montenegro border in the mountains east of the Ibar River and afterwards it took part in the Fourth anti-Partisan Offensive in the Zagreb-Karlovac area, where together with Italian forces attempted to defeat the Partisans commanded by Josip Broz Tito, the operation failed and most of the Partisans managed to evade the main attack.

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VERY RARE Ground Dug Relic German ANTI-TANK "Panzerschreck Shield" ! ( Stalingrad Recovery )
Here is a nice ground dug relic german anti-tank panzerschreck shield that was excavated near Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle 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 southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million deaths. In its defeat, the crippling losses suffered by Germany's military proved to be insurmountable for the war. The battle was a turning point in the war, after which the German forces attained no further strategic victories in the East.The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became bogged down in house-to-house fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River.

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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.

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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.

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EXTREMELY RARE ! "Battle Damaged"  WW2 German Waffen-SS DD M35/40 Helmet Shell - ( Recovered NARVA Battle Area )
Here is a rare battle damaged German Model 35/40 DD SS Helmet shell with both decals faint but visible. Nice Battle Damage and the plus is the inner liner ring still in place as dug. A very historic artifact with a great look ! Launching the Kingisepp–Gdov Offensive on 1 February, the 2nd Shock Army's 109th Rifle Corps captured the town of Kingisepp on the first day. The 18th Army was forced into new positions on the eastern bank of the Narva River.Forward units of the 2nd Shock Army crossed the river and established several bridgeheads on the west bank to the north and south of the city of Narva on 2 February. The 2nd Shock Army expanded the bridgehead in the Krivasoo Swamp south of Narva five days later, temporarily cutting the Narva–Tallinn Railway behind the III SS Panzer Corps. Govorov was unable to encircle the smaller German Army Group, which called in reinforcements. These came mostly from the newly mobilised Estonians, motivated to resist the looming Soviet return. At the same time, the Soviet 108th Rifle Corps landed units across Lake Peipus 120 kilometres south of Narva and established a bridgehead around the village of Meerapalu. By a coincidence, the I.Battalion, SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment 45 (1st Estonian), which was headed for Narva, reached the same area. A battalion of the 44th Infantry Regiment (consisting of personnel from East Prussia), the I.Battalion, 1st Estonian and an air squadron destroyed the Soviet bridgehead on 15–16 February. The Mereküla Landing Operation was conducted as the 517-strong 260th Independent Naval Infantry Brigade landed at the coastal borough of Mereküla behind the Sponheimer Group lines. However, the unit was almost completely.annihilated. Dont let this one get away !

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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.

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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. 

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This site and BLUEGRAYRELICS.COM does not support politics and ideology of the Third Reich and its leaders. All items are sold as collectible relic items and are not sold for actual use. BLUEGRAYRELICS & GREATWAR Relics are designed to offer for sale historical artifacts for the collector and historian and is in no way responsible for misuse of the intended sale of an artifact.

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Mark Shuttleworth
PO Box 1361
Queen Creek, AZ
85242

PAYPAL PAYMENT address is mshutt3@aol.com

REFUND POLICY
I offer a full refund on any purchase within 10 days of purchase for any reason, however, item must be returned in same, unaltered condition as when originally purchased. After the 10 day evaluation period ALL SALES ARE FINAL ! When pricing an artifact I use many price guide references including NSTCW and Warmans as well as comparing prices of my peers websites. Many factors influence the market value of an artifact at the time of posting and from time to time you may see changes in my posted price as I adjust to fair market values. That being said I have repeated compliments by my customers that I usually sell artifacts much less than they see available. My mission statement is to provide the most unique, high quality artifacts at a price much less than book value and in turn offer it for sale. For me the joy is " In the hunt "


DISCOUNTS / LAYAWAYS / MAKING A PURCHASE WORK FOR YOU !
From time to time I may offer sales or discounts on items. The sales are for that item at that specific time. I will accept offers on all items unless a firm price is stated. I offer the most competitive terms among my peers. I also offer fantastic layway terms. Please contact me as it will be a case by case basis and designed to meet your payment needs. 602-692-7158


CONSIGNMENTS
I currently am listing many consignments from my customers and would be happy to list your quality Civil War- WWII artifact. Please contact me for terms as they are the most competitive in the circle. 602-692-7158


FIREARMS / ORDNANCE
I am in no way responsible for any misuse of antique weapons purchased from this site. I abide by selling either excavated de-activated firearms as relics and curios and take no responsibility for misuse or illegal use of an artifact after it has been purchased.

FINALLY
Please call to ask any questions before purchase as inventory sells daily so if you like something please do not delay. Thanks for visiting my site may God Bless you. Proverbs 3:5-7