I recently got this nice MG 34 magazine relic from Latvia. The seller said it was found in German trenches near Dobele. It is quite good for a ground dug item ( despite the missing handle ) and I have given it an acid bath and then a light coat of fixative.
He went on to say that in September 1944 this area was where the Soviet Kremer Armoured Brigade ( never heard of them? ) broke through the German lines and part of the Gro▀deutschland division, which was resting & refitting in Romania was sent to stop them. Gro▀deutschland had heavy losses, but the Russians were stopped.
Can any of our history buffs confirm whether this was the case? True story or not, I like it as an addition to my relic collection - there are TOO MANY post war ones out there masquerading as originals ..... at least this one is.