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  • Rare track link from American Landship 2 artillery tractor or self propelled gun recovered from the Meuse Argonne Forest from the September - November 1918 battlefield

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    This is track link which is complete it does have a crack which possibly is a impact hit overall a very nice example of this rare to find track link. The track link  is in relic but solid condition it has been very well cleaned up but does still have some dirt attached but not much and is perfect for display or any collection and is a very nice bit of recognisable tractor which was recovered from the Meuse Argonne Forest the September - November 1918 battlefield ware the Americans suffered very heavy losses pushing back the Germans in well fortified positions a very iconic relic from this very famous American battle. The link comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    Landships 2 artillery tractors and self-propelled guns produced by the Holt Tractor Company or by the Rock Island Arsenal under the supervision of Pliny E. Holt from 1917 until the end of the war. The Holt tractor company was the largest manufacturer of tracked vehicles at the outbreak of WW1. Both Britain and France bought Holt tractors to tow artillery pieces in the early years of the war. These proved to be very successful since they permitted the movement of heavy guns in conditions which would have been impossible for the traditional horse transport. The U.S. Army bought Holt artillery tractors in 2½, 5, 10, 15 and 20-ton towing capacities. The 15 and 20-ton tractors were Holt commercial vehicles minimally modified for military service. However, the smaller tractors were specially designed for the U.S. Army by Holt. At the entry of the U.S. into WW1 some 24,791 tractors of all types were ordered. By the time of the Armistice in Nov 1918 2,500 had been delivered and more than half of these were shipped to France. The obvious requirement for tracked support vehicles was not ignored and the design of tracked munitions carriers and petrol tankers was well advanced in Nov 1918.

    The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Maas-Argonne Offensive and the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought from 26 September 1918, until the Armistice of 11 November 1918, a total of 47 days. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers, and was one of a series of Allied attacks known as the Hundred Days Offensive, which brought the war to an end. The battle cost 28,000 German lives and 26,277 American lives, making it the largest and bloodiest operation of World War I for the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), which was commanded by General John J. Pershing, and one of the deadliest battles in American history. American losses were exacerbated by the inexperience of many of the troops and tactics used during the early phases of the operation.The Meuse-Argonne was the principal engagement of the AEF during World War I.


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