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  • German maker marked lorry wheel hub used by a vehicle of the 14th Panzer Division recovered near the town of Kalach in the area they captured in the battle of July-August 1942 on the Stalingrad front

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    This is a German maker marked lorry wheel hub which has clear to see maker marked BP-HWH which is partly clear to see. The hub which is a 3 inch wide screw thread is in relic but solid condition the hub is rusty but with no holes and no real damage it has been very well cleaned up it is perfect for display or any collection.The hub was used by a lorry in the 14th Panzer Division recovered from the battlefield near the town of Kalach in the area they captured by them in the battle of July-August 1942 on the Stalingrad front in Russia it comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    The Battle of Kalach took place between the German Sixth Army and elements of the Soviet Stalingrad Front between July 25 and August 11, 1942. The Soviets deployed the 62nd and 64th Armies in a Don River bridgehead west of Kalach with the intent of impeding the German advance on Stalingrad which they managed to do for a few weeks before they were destroyed or captured by the German 6th Army then they advanced to Stalingrad.

    The 14th Panzer Division struck into the Kalach bridgehead. Their spearheads made contact southwest of Kalach by late afternoon, trapping the main body (eight rifle divisions) of the Soviet 62nd Army in an encirclement. Joined by L1 Army Corps the Germans began systematically destroying the surrounded Soviet forces. The pocket was wiped out in four days, by 11 August. Nearly 50,000 prisoners were taken, and the Germans claimed the destruction of a thousand Soviet tanks and 750 guns, although the claims of destroyed Soviet tanks are considered a little exaggerated. These losses threw the Soviet leader Josef Stalin into a panic and compelled him to feed more reserves into the fight at Stalingrad.


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