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German 105mm LeFH18 part ?? ID please? found in UK.

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    Hello again everyone,

    Here is an item dug up at Coleshill House - Home of the Auxiliary Units 1940 - 44. Britain`s secret resistance organisation formed to fight behind the lines in the event of a Nazi invasion. yesterday- believed to be from a German LeFH18 105mm Howitzer?

    Can anyone confirm or deny this, and which part is it exactly (geussing = elevation/range), please?
    and what do the two symbols/manufacturer's-stamps mean?

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    cheers,
    Jim.

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    I suspect this is your piece here: Lovett Artillery - German WW2 10,5cm. l.F.H.18 Sight Mount - it's part of the sight mount. I don't see there being any doubt it's from an lFH18- it's marked pretty clearly and the Waffenamt stamps confirm it's German, so the abbreviation isn't someone else's that just happens to match a German one.
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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    Cheers Matt, that's the one!
    I was pretty certain, but needed scientific grade proof. Now I need to work out the markings winged-V and Eagle-SU(G?).... might help track down the piece's provenance (can always hope ).
    thanks,
    Jim.

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    Jim

    Looks like a perfectly legitimate piece to me.

    The two stamps are military inspection stamps - the droop wing Eagle/SU9 marking is in fact from the Weimar period but these continued in use for some time I believe, possibly as late as 1938. You certainly see the Weimar mark on bayonets from 1934/5. The "SU" represents Spandau.

    I believe the gun in question came into use in the mid 1930s, so the one that belongs to your sight component is probably pre-war based on the inspection stamp.

    The big question of course, is how did it get to Wiltshire ? - I suspect we will never know !

    Regards

    Richie

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    Thanks Richie,
    that's great info!
    jim.

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    I'd guess it was some sort of enemy equipment evaluation- captured during the early part of the war and shipped back to England to see what they were up against or some such thing; since it's an early model, I can see it being considered outdated and thus discarded and bits melted down or buried- it's my understanding that burying is a common way militaries dispose of stuff...
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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