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    Donn102
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    Hello Everyone,

    I have been trying to find out what the attached picture is. I was involved in some digging in, and around, Stalingrad 2 summers ago. I found this object within the perimeter of what was Pitomnik Airfield.

    It looks to me like it could be a padre's communion box or some other 'storage' unit for his bible perhaps?

    Any ideas?
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Stalingrad_Moscow 071.jpg  

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    I don\t know probably that was used as the grave stone?
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    Dimas

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    I would guess grave marker too, after all who wants a hole(all be it at cross shaped hole)in the lid of a box.

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    I think it was an Oven.

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    is it from metal?

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    IMO a grave marker! Nice item, maybe you should/shouldnt have dug deeper!

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    Looks more to be a lid of some sort. There appears to be two places for a strap to go through.

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    CMc
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    It does look like the lid of something to me, those two metal parts attached either side of the crucifix make me think a handle or a canvas or leather strap was once attached, as Packin9 says. I suppose there must be an endless variety of equipment, ammunition and supplies of all sorts that might have been delivered in a box with a lid of that size on it.

    Could it be that the crucifix is a later addition, cut into the lid so that it could be used as a grave marker as suggested. It seems possible to me that a grave marker made during/just after a battle would be made out of whatever appropriate materials the burial party could find.

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    This is for the MG 34. In the hole are inserted bipod. This adaptation is done in the field workshops for better stability machine gun in the snow.

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    Good eye!

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