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German ww2 ,Russian silver engraved cigarette case , waffen ss .

German ww2 ,Russian silver engraved cigarette case , waffen ss .
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German ww2 ,Russian silver engraved cigarette case , waffen ss .


Russian art deco silver cigarette case ,dates 1910/20s . Art deco style floral engraving to front , emerald used in opening push button .hallmarked internally.
Reverse of case has been hand engraved with a dedication in remembrance of the 3rd ss panzer divisions time in russia during the winter of 1941.
Very high quality engraving, front has a rose gold totenkopf TK applied , lower oak leaf engraved area looks to have had initials applied at one time but lost to time , one of a kind item . Some damage to case ,but otherwise original and in excellent condition.

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In April 1941, the division was ordered East to join Field Marshal Wilhelm von Leeb's Army Group North. Leeb's force was tasked with advancing on Leningrad and formed the northern wing of Operation Barbarossa. Totenkopf took part in the advance through Lithuania and Latvia, and by July had breached the Stalin Line. The division then advanced past Demyansk to Leningrad where it was involved in heavy fighting in August.
During Soviet winter counter-offensive, the division was encircled for several months near Demyansk in what became known as the Demyansk Pocket. During the fighting in the pocket, it was re-designated Kampfgruppe Eicke due to its reduced size. In April 1942, the division broke out of the pocket. At Demyansk, about 80% of its men were killed, wounded or missing in action. The division was sent to France to be refitted in late October 1942. While there, the division took part in Case Anton, the takeover of Vichy France in November 1942. For this operation, the division was supplied with a tank battalion and redesignated 3rd SS Panzergrenadier Division Totenkopf. The division remained in France until February 1943, when its previous commander, Theodor Eicke, resumed control.

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