TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL CASING – 77MM
This is a brass artillery shell casing from a German 77mm cannon. The 77mm was the most common WW I German artillery piece. They were very effective. A well-trained crew could fire the shells in very rapid succession. Various shell casings were used by German soldiers to make a number of useful items for the home front. These items were fashioned by soldiers at the front during their spare time. They were also fashioned by wounded soldiers recuperating in hospitals. These shell casings were fashioned into any number of useful items, such as vases, bowls, ashtrays, etc. This example stands 13.75” tall. It measures 77mm at the rim and at the base. A band of oak leaves is etched onto the shell casing’s rim. It displays an image of a 1914 Iron Cross on two sides. Below one of the Iron Crosses is the word “Hamel” and the date “1916.” Hamel is a section of the infamous 1916 Battle of the Somme.