This is a pair of track link pin retaining brackets which sat around the pin to stop it coming out of the track link from the famous German Panther Tank. The link pin brackets are pretty much complete apart from a bit of damage from being buried but overall a very nicely cleaned and solid pair of relics perfect for display or any collection and would go back on to a pin if you wanted to.The track link pin brackets were recovered from near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know these brackets are from a Panzer Lehr division panther a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very nice 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.