This is a Armoured glass vision block with its glass still in place the bottom holder for the glass is there and is not connected to the glass block. The vision block has some damage from when the tank was hit and blew up this outer casing does have some damage but is pretty much complete the glass block again nice condition with some original green paintwork remains it is very rusty but it is still very solid and has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection. The vision block was recovered from the site of a destroyed British Sherman Tank in the 11th Armoured Division destroyed in fighting and recovered from near the village of Habloville the battle of the 16-20 August 1944 closing the gap in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy. The relic comes with a A5 laminated information card with the details of the battle and showing the item in place on the tank.
The British 11th Armoured division was attached to XXX corps. It progressed eastward hard on the heels of the Germans, who were retreating after the failure of the Mortain counteroffensive. On the 16th August they were engaged in heavy fighting against a German rear-guard then the 11th Armoured division seized Flers on 17 August. Then they were involved in closing the Falaise pocket gap advancing steadily towards Trun after its capture and once the battle for the Falaise gap was over, the 11th Armoured liberated more towns and villages as it moved across France into Germany. Below insignia of the 11th Armoured Division.
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