This is one of my favourite relics and thought id share. This particular piece was found by a guy named Dirk who lives near Dillingen in the Belgian Ardennes area whilst he was out searching for wood one morning not far from his home. He noticed something sticking out of the ground partially and realising it was obviously something from the fighting of the winter of 1944 decided to investigate it further. After contacting his son they went back later and dug the relic out of the ground. After some cleaning Dirk noticed it still had some traces of original paintwork and set about restoring the paint job. The piece is very heavy at around 76 lbs and is solid steel with screw threads on the reverse side. After some experts examined the piece it was concluded it came from the breech section of a 15cm Infantry Support weapon known as the Grille-this was basically a Self Propelled 150-mm gun used in the infantry support role and was one probably either destroyed in the Ardennes fighting or was blown up by its crew to prevent it falling into Allied hands. Dirk kep this item for some time before offering it for sale. A guy from Lincoln bought it from Dirk who then had it shipped free of charge to the UK in a consignment of other items from a German based company where Dirks wife worked-imagine the costs of shipping otherwise!! I bought it from guy at Lincoln and had to drive up from Worcestershire to collect it. It now resides on top of our very sturdy solid wood bookcase. Any further info on the Dillingen or Dillingerbruck area during the Ardennes battle would be welcome as i cannot find much info at present.