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    This is the remains of a pair of track links both type 5[A] 1942 pattern with major battle damage but neither link is complete from German Panzer 4 tank.The link which are still connected with a pin and they still move on the pin they have ripped of the tank in an explosion one of them still has its maker markings very clear to see on the bottom the cleats are still there and not that worn down by use they are rusty but still very solid they are relic but have cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection and a nice bit of tank from the work horse and most produced tank of the German army in World War 2.The track comes from the site of a destroyed Panzer 4 tank of 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen recovered near the village of Camembert from the battle of 20th August 1944 against the Canadian 4th armoured Division in the last days of the fighting in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy.The part comes with a laminated information card with pictures

    Panzergrenadier Regiment Hohenstaufen. The division saw much action defending against British armour during operation Goodwood During operation Jupiter Hohenstaufen destroyed 58 British tanks with many of them being Churchill tanks After the launch of the Canadian operation totalize, Hohenstaufen avoided encirclement in the Falaise Pocket and kept the narrow escape route from this pocket open. By the 21st August it was over, and the German forces were in full retreat out of Normandy. The Panzer IVs comprised around half of the available German tank strength on the Western Front prior to the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. Most of the 11 panzer divisions that saw action in Normandy initially contained an armoured regiment of one battalion of Panzer IVs and another of Panthers, for a total of around 160 tanks, although Waffen-SS panzer divisions were generally larger and better equipped than their Army counterparts. Regular upgrades to the Panzer IV had helped to maintain its reputation as a formidable opponent. Below picture is a panzer 4 tank of the 9th SS Panzer Division. 


    9th SS Hohenstaufen from Arnhem to the end > WW2 Weapons


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    Battle damaged Track links type 5[A] 1942 pattern blown from German Panzer 4 tank of 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen recovered near Camembert from the battle of 20th August 1944 from the last days of fighting in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy