This is a external climbing handle, possibly turret top it has ripped off the tank in the explosion when the tank was hit. The handle still has some black and white paint remains it is rusty but solid and is pitted it has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection the last picture shows possibly the handle it is. The handle was recovered from the site of a destroyed British Sherman Tank in the 11th Armoured Division destroyed in fighting and recovered from near the village of Habloville the battle of the 16-20 August 1944 closing the gap in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy. The relic comes with a A5 laminated information card with the details of the battle.
The British 11th Armoured division was attached to XXX corps. It progressed eastward hard on the heels of the Germans, who were retreating after the failure of the Mortain counteroffensive. On the 16th August they were engaged in heavy fighting against a German rear-guard then the 11th Armoured division seized Flers on 17 August. Then they were involved in closing the Falaise pocket gap advancing steadily towards Trun after its capture and once the battle for the Falaise gap was over, the 11th Armoured liberated more towns and villages as it moved across France into Germany. Below insignia of the 11th Armoured Division.
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