Nazi trench art 1943 Ostfront
Wolchow 1943 Grusino
Nazi trench art
Wolchow-Brückenkopf Grusino
Wolchow-Brückenkopf Grusino 10.10.43
This is a wonderful, absolutely authentic piece of World War II history, not so much for its beauty or the value of the metal used to make it, but rather because of the circumstances under which it was made and the materials it was made from.
It is a 3-1/8 x 4-7/8 inch (78 x 123 mm) hand formed aluminum tray with German bullets and shell casings in each corner. Engraved by hand on the top surface of the tray are the words Wolchow-Brückenkopf Grusino 10.10.43 HW. The words mean “the Bridgehead over the Wolchow at Grusino 10 October 1943”, and HW are almost certainly the initials of the man who made it.
We won’t spend any time explaining what happened on the Wolchow in 1942 and 1943 (you can easily find out on wikipedia and many other websites) but will just mention that it was one of the great, horrible stand-offs on the Russian front that cost tens of thousands of German lives.
It was a protracted slug-fest during which German troops were driven deep into their trenches awaiting the next round of fighting. In those trenches the troops carved the famous Wolchow Stock or Wolchow canes and manufactured trench art trophies like the one we offer here. This piece of trench art has spent the last 65+ years in a home in Munich, Germany where we acquired it recently.
The bottom side of the aluminum tray is lacquered with a gold color. The slugs or bullets appear to be 8 mm rifle rounds and the shells on the bottom appear to be 9 mm shell casings such as those used in the MP40 Schmeisser and the PO8 Luger pistol. One of the four 9 mm shell casings is missing. The perfect companion piece in a display featuring an Ostfront medal and an Iron Cross.
This superb piece of Nazi East Front trench art is **SOLD**.

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This superb piece of German shell fragmet trench art is offered for sale
for $125.00 delivered by Parcel Post in the continental USA.

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This is a beautifully made letter opener crafted from a single shell fragment picked up on a battlefield somewhere in Germany or elsewhere. It is an excellent example of trench art but was probably produced in a factory somewhere from battlefield-found material, rather than by a lowly Landser sitting in a dugout. A little over half of the 6-3/8 inch shell fragment was finely crafted into a dagger-like blade for use as a letter opener.

A VERY WELL-MADE GERMAN SHELL FRAGMENT LETTER OPENER

german shell fragment made into letter opener
A very well-made cross guard separates the letter opener blade from the handle which retains its original shell fragment appearance. The blade was nickel pl ated and still retains about 70% of its plating. An excellent original combat souvenir which we acquired in Germany.

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NAZI TRENCH ART ASHTRAY + SHELL FRAGMENT LETTER OPENER
A SMALL TRENCH
ART TRAY MADE
BY A NAZI SOLDIER
AT THE WOLCHOW
BRIDGEHEAD
AT GRUSINO,
10.10.43
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