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Scots Guards - Bronze Figure of An Officer of the Great War
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Scots Guards - Bronze Figure of An Officer of the Great War

Circa 1920

Measurements: Height overall: 32.5cm (12.75in)



Bronze figure of a First World War Scots Guards officer, his hands resting on a walking stick, standing on an integral base formed of thistles, mounted on the HZ 05 fuze of a German light howitzer ‘universal shell’, applied with a Scots Guards cap star. the whole mounted on a turned ebonised wood base.

‘Universal shells’ were developed by the German Army before the First World War so that they could behave as either high explosive or shrapnel shells. Complex and never as good as the single function variety, this ammunition had the added disadvantage of relying on sophisticated time delay fuzes. It would seem the present HZ 05 fuze held a special significance for the subject of this bronze, who was no doubt grateful for its unreliability.