This is a section of German battle damaged blown section of Ostkette track link [see the last picture in listing for exactly where on the link it is from] this is the rare to find 1944 pattern link.The section which still has the pin in place has ripped of the tank in an explosion the link has jagged edges but has been very nicely cleaned it is in nice solid condition perfect for display or any collection and is 7 inches long by 6 inches wide in size a solid lump of rare to get track link.This section of track link from a German Panzer 4 tank recovered from near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know this track link is from a Panzer Lehr division a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very rare relic from this famous battle that comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.
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During the run up to the offensive, Panzer Lehr was kept in reserve on 15 December, the day before the offensive began, Panzer Lehr was still severely understrength, with only one of its two tank battalions ready for action, the other restored to its parent unit, the 3rd panzer division. Both of its panzergrenadier regiments were at 80 percent of its authorized strength. It had only 57 tanks (30 Panthers and 27 Panzer IV) and 20 Jagdpanzer IV/70's by the time the attack jumped off.