German Horse artillery towing harness used by the horses when pulling the large artillery guns in and out of position which is complete but the metal is very rusty but still solid and not braking up at all.The harness still has its clips and attachments still attached to it this pulling harness is relic but may well clean up more with effort it is 65 inches long to give an idea of size and is rare to find especially from the Battlefield perfect to display or any collection and a rare German artillery relic. This harness was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield.The Demyansk Pocket the battle was from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A lovely piece of Tank history from the this famous battle on the Eastern Front.This item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photo.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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