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  • Complete track link used by British Bren gun carrier recovered from around the Town of Cassel from the battle that was fought in May 1940 during the fighting around the Dunkirk pocket

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    This is a complete track link with its pin from British Bren gun carrier which is in very nice condition for recovered relic. The link has no real damage but has been very well cleaned in fact partly over cleaned a bit of an oily finnish but a nice finnish for display and is a very nice example of this unusual link nice to find from the battlefield perfect for display or any collection. The link was recovered from around the Town of Cassel from the battle that was fought from 27th-30th May 1940 during the fighting around the Dunkirk pocket. This is a cracking relic that has lovely history as well know the nearly exactly what regiment it was used by cracking relic from the famous Dunkirk pocket battle of 1940.

    In May 1940 during the battle of France the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire and the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry held Cassel for three days as part of the defensive screen around Dunkirk during the Battle of Dunkirk and evacuation from the 27 May 1940 to the 30 May 1940. The British forces had prepared a defence on the hilltop, emplacing anti-tank guns and barricading the narrow streets of the town. After scoring initial successes against the tanks of Panzer Regiment 11, which had made the mistake of advancing without infantry support, the British garrison was heavily attacked from the ground and the air by German forces. Much of the town was reduced to ruins by bombing. Most of the garrison's members were killed or captured by the Germans during the fighting or the subsequent attempted breakout towards Dunkirk, but the defence they had put up played an important role in holding up the Germans while the Dunkirk evacuation was taking place.