This is a nice condition well used pair of connected track links still with there maker markings very clear to see but the rare bit still with an ice cleat attached from a German panzer 2 tank. The track links with partly worn down cleats from a fair bit of use as is the ice cleat it has no real damage they are rusty but in very nice solid condition it has been nicely cleaned after the recovery but does still have some dirt and muck attached but is a nice example of these track links in battlefield found condition which are perfect for display or any collection. These links were used by a Panzer 2 tank of the 4th Panzer Army recovered on the Dom river area where they fought in the battles of November- December 1942 outside Stalingrad in Russia. The links come with 2xA5 laminated information cards.
The 4th Panzer Army which had in it units which included the 14th and 24th panzer Divisions and 92nd infantry Division was under the command of General Hermann Hoth it guarded the outside perimeter of Stalingrad while the 6th Army was engaged in the battle to capture the city. For over two months, the 6th Army was embroiled in vicious fighting in the city; though it was able to take over 90% of the city, it was unable to destroy the last pockets of resistance. On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launched operation Uranus, a counter-offensive which encircled of the entire 6th Army the 4th Paer was fighting Russian forces outside the city during the whole of November and December and tried and failed to break the encirclement of Stalingrad in Operation winter storm in December 1942.
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Panzer 2 tank during the battle of Stalingrad