This is a rare relic to get from battlefield a part from a German Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer tank destroyer as only around 2800 were ever made and not used in massive numbers on the Western Front. This is a Cogged drive shaft which sat behind the wheels on one if the shafts that connected to main drive shaft it is rusty but still very solid with the grooved teeth still clear to see it is in relic condition but has cleaned up very well it is perfect for display or any collection and a nice size at 3 half inches wide and 3 inches long. The part was recovered from a German Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer tank destroyer from panzer Jager Abteilung 741 which was in the 7th Army it would have been destroyed in the fighting in December 1944 near the town of Wiltz in the Ardennes Forest during the battle of the Bulge. This part comes with A5 laminated information sheet with pictures we know this Hetzer came from panzer Jager Abteilung 741 as they were the only unit in this area with Hetzer's.
Panzer Jager Abteilung 741 for the Ardennes offensive was assigned to the LIII Army corps in the Wehrmacht 7th Army on December 23, 1944. under the 7th Army and took part in the fighting southeast of Bastogne and the retreat with the corps as far as the Vianden area (west of Bitburg).This Hetzer was involved in fighting around the town of Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border the area was attacked and captured by the German 5th Parachute Division on 16-18th December 1944.The 7th Army as a whole took substantial losses as it defended against the northward attack of the US 3rd Army, but ultimately failed to halt General George S Patton's drive to Bastogne and Houffalize. The 7th Army, however, managed to avoid encirclement and retreated again to the westwall
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