This is a German Tiger 1 Tank front sprocket maintenance crane hole blown off the tank when it was hit this thick metal hole sat in the front armour above the tracks used by the maintenance crew to put the crane in when the front sprocket needed to be lifted out as seen on the information card.This is a very nice round chunk of armour still with some fair amount of weld still its shiny colour around the edge still is original shape completely ripped off part that has been blown clean of the tank the part is rusty but has been very nicely cleaned it is in nice solid condition perfect for display or any collection and is a nice smaller size bit of tiger at 4 inches long and a rare bit of German tiger tank recovered from the battlefield.The crane hole comes from German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield.The armour comes with 2 x A5 laminated information card with pictures and with pictures of it exactly how it looked on the tank and being used on the second information card.
The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.
German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 knocked out in Elsdorf
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German tiger 1 tank front sprocket maintenance crane hole [with picture of it exactly how it looked on the tank] from tank of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 301,9th Panzer Division recovered near Elsdorf,Ruhr Pocket April 1945