M31 army (Heer) bunker camouflage gas mask Art.Reg. 165 Batterie Eberhard Middelburg, Walcheren, St. Omer, Calais, …



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Locally found and very interesting so called ‘shipboard’ grey gas mask caninster. In this case it would be bunker grey camouflage as the field post number on the side matches with the Artillerie-Regiment 165. The can is marked by ebu and dated 1942. Comes with a rare rubberized green mask nicely stamped and maker marked as well.

The artillery regiment 165 was very active on the western front, and this particular can must have been left behind when they moved from the Netherlands to France, in the area where I live.

On July 18, 1942, the regiment marched to Hornbach for loading. On July 20, 1942, the unloading took place in Herentals, Belgium, and marched to the Oostmalle area, where the regimental staff took up quarters. On August 1, 1942, the staff moved from Oostmalle to Braschaat. On October 13, 1942, the entire regiment was relocated to the island of Walcheren, in Holland. The regimental staff moved into quarters in Middelburg. On February 18, 1943, the regiment had to set up a battery under the code name “Batterie Eberhard” for the Eastern mission. On February 24, 1943, enemy shipping units shelled the port of Vlissingen. On June 15, 1943, the order to relocate arrived. On June 18, 1943, the regiment’s positions were handed over to the Artillery Regiment 19 (L) and the regiment moved overland via Ghent and Lille to Wizernes near St. Omer in France. From June 25, 1943, the regiment was divided into 9 batteries. On July 27, 1943, the regiment moved to the Montreuil sur Mer area. On August 1, 1943, it marched on from here to Lillers and was loaded onto the train on August 2, 1943. In Villach, in Wehrkreis The regiment was here ready for a possible deployment to Italy were it served until the end.