This is a rare find from the battlefield a German motorcycle handle bar grip used by the 5th Parachute Division. This is the handle grip one that was on either end of the handle bars is still complete with its rubber cover which is still its original black colour but faded but has split the metal work is rusty but the whole thing is very solid not braking up or falling apart it is a cracking condition relic it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection .The the grip was recovered from the forest outside of 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 during the German offensive in the Ardennes Forest the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. A very nice and unusual relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.The item comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture.
German 5th Parachute Division was a fallschirmjager (paratroop) division in the German Luftwaffe it was formed in France in early 1944, commanded by Gustav Wilke and was the last division to receive near full fallschirmjäger training. It contained the 13th, 14th and 15th Fallschirmjäger Regiments, and the 5th Fallschirmjäger Artillery Regiment.For the Ardennes offensive it was in the German 7th Army part of the 85th infantry Division attacking on the southern flank of the attack towards Luxembourg.
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