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  • Armoured glass holder from inside German Panzer 2 tank of the 14th Panzer Division recovered near the town of Kalach in the area they captured in the battle of July-August 1942,Stalingrad front

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    This is a very nice internal part from a German Panzer 2 tank. This is a armoured glass vision block steel holder which is 7 inches long by 3 inches wide.The part looks complete but has ripped off the tank properly when it was hit the part is rusty but is still very solid and has been nicely cleaned it is in perfect condition for display or any collection and a rare bit of early war German tank. This glass holder was used by a Panzer 2 tank of the 14th Panzer Division recovered from a destroyed tank near the town of Kalach in the area they captured in the battle of July-August 1942 on the Stalingrad front in Russia it comes with a pair of A5 laminated information cards.

    The Battle of Kalach took place between the German Sixth Army and elements of the Soviet Stalingrad Front between July 25 and August 11, 1942. The Soviets deployed the 62nd and 64th Armies in a Don River bridgehead west of Kalach with the intent of impeding the German advance on Stalingrad which they managed to do for a few weeks before they were destroyed or captured by the German 6th Army then they advanced to Stalingrad.

    The 14th Panzer Division struck into the Kalach bridgehead. Their spearheads made contact southwest of Kalach by late afternoon, trapping the main body (eight rifle divisions) of the Soviet 62nd Army in an encirclement. Joined by L1 Army Corps the Germans began systematically destroying the surrounded Soviet forces. The pocket was wiped out in four days, by 11 August. Nearly 50,000 prisoners were taken, and the Germans claimed the destruction of a thousand Soviet tanks and 750 guns, although the claims of destroyed Soviet tanks are considered a little exaggerated. These losses threw the Soviet leader Josef Stalin into a panic and compelled him to feed more reserves into the fight at Stalingrad.

    PzKpfw II, the destroyed German light tank in World War II