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MG34 belt magazine relic - Grossdeutschland

Article about: HI all, 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 h

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    HI all,

    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.

    Cheers, Dan
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    Panzer-Grenadier-Division Gro▀deutschland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia WIkipedia is your friend.

    GD were in Latvia in 1944.

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    Nice relic! Did You used oxalic acid to clean it? As about Grossdeutschland - in really was in Latvia but never buy the story:-). Just actually it is impossible to proof that it once belonged to the Grossdeutschland fighters. And it is also impossible to prove it did not belonged to them.

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    Quote by Frundsberg View Post
    Nice relic! Did You used oxalic acid to clean it? As about Grossdeutschland - in really was in Latvia but never buy the story:-). Just actually it is impossible to proof that it once belonged to the Grossdeutschland fighters. And it is also impossible to prove it did not belonged to them.
    Yes, I used Oxalic in hot water for about 90 minutes then scrubbed with a stiff brush. Then washed in bicarb soda ( to neutralize the acid )
    and spayed the satin clear lacquer fixative. I bought the item not the story but ( if ) it came from GD then that would be a nice touch!
    Cheers, Dan
    ( have you found any more relics? )
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Hi Dan. It looks like Panzer Grenadier Division Grosseutschland was in Dobele for defensive actions beginning on August 22, 1944.

    http://maparchive.ru/division/part15...eutschland.pdf




    Cheers


    -John

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    Thanks John, nice to know the story the seller was telling was the truth as he knew it ( the link does not work for me however?? )
    Regards, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    I think part of the URL may have been cut off. Here is a tiny URL of the link:

    http://tinyurl.com/n3tn7to


    -John

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