This is a blown section of 30mm lower hull armour plate from German Wespe self-propelled gun the only place on a wespe that had 30mm armour.The armour plate is rusty but in very nice solid condition now it has been very well cleaned there is one small bit of welded joint on a edge very clean with shiny colour finnish the section has ripped off in the explosion after the Wespe was hit the plate is 9 inches long by 6 inches wide and is perfect for display or any collection.This armour plate was recovered from a Wespe destroyed in the Hurtgen Forest on the German-Belgium border this was the scene of a massive battle from September to December 1944 with the Germans trying to stop the American advance in to German.The armour comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture.
This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic.
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