Original U.S. WWII Belgian Bringback Brass Anti-NSDAP Ashtray Featuring The Manneken Pis Urinating on Swas - By Depose Belgique
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a heavy cast brass ashtray with a recessed swas design in the ashtray bowl. This was made in Belgium as part of the resistance to the German Occupation during WWII. The ashtray features a 2 ½” tall brass little boy figurine replica of famed Brussels landmark Manneken Pis, a famous fountain sculpture in Brussels depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin constructed in 1618/1619.
These ashtrays were made as a strong Anti-Axis statement in regards to the NSDAP invasion of Belgium in 1940. Likely produced by Resistance groups and made using scarce brass, another effort to hinder the German war effort.
A lovely example of an interesting item! Comes more than ready for further research and display.
The invasion of Belgium or Belgian campaign (10–28 May 1940), often referred to within Belgium as the 18 Days' Campaign, formed part of the greater Battle of France, an offensive campaign by Germany during the Second World War. It took place over 18 days in May 1940 and ended with the German occupation of Belgium following the surrender of the Belgian Army.
On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium under the operational plan Fall Gelb (Case Yellow). The Allied armies attempted to halt the German Army in Belgium, believing it to be the main German thrust. After the French had fully committed the best of the Allied armies to Belgium between 10 and 12 May, the Germans enacted the second phase of their operation, a break-through, or sickle cut, through the Ardennes, and advanced toward the English Channel. The German Army (Heer) reached the Channel after five days, encircling the Allied armies. The Germans gradually reduced the pocket of Allied forces, forcing them back to the sea. The Belgian Army surrendered on 28 May 1940, ending the battle.
The Battle of Belgium included the first tank battle of the war, the Battle of Hannut. It was the largest tank battle in history at the time but was later surpassed by the battles of the North African Campaign and the Eastern Front. The battle also included the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael, the first strategic airborne operation using paratroopers ever attempted.
The German official history stated that in the 18 days of bitter fighting, the Belgian Army were tough opponents, and spoke of the "extraordinary bravery" of its soldiers. The Belgian collapse forced the Allied withdrawal from continental Europe. The British Royal Navy subsequently evacuated Belgian ports during Operation Dynamo, allowing the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), along with many Belgian and French soldiers, to escape capture and continue military operations. France reached its own armistice with Germany in June 1940. Belgium was occupied by the Germans until the autumn of 1944, when it was liberated by the Western Allies.
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