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  • Hatch cover from an armoured vehicle or tank found at Bastogne 1944 battle

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    This is a heavy steel hatch cover or door with latch from a German or American armoured vehicle of some sort, unsure of which vehicle. The hatch cover is rusty but solid and the size is 22 inches by 25 inches and is very heavy. The hatch cover is in relic but solid condition. The cover was found near Bastogne in Belgium and was recovered from the scene of the fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. This item comes with a 5x7 laminated information card with pictures of the battlefield. This is part of a very large collection of items that has been recovered from the battlefield in the woods around Bastogne over many years this area was at the centre of the fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944.  

    The Battle of the Bulge, fought over the winter months of 1944 – 1945, was the last major Nazi offensive against the Allies in World War Two. The battle was a last ditch attempt by Hitler to split the Allies in two in their drive towards Germany and destroy their ability to supply themselves.The Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th 1944. Hitler had convinced himself that the alliance between Britain, France and America in the western sector of Europe was not strong and that a major attack and defeat would break up the alliance. Therefore, he ordered a massive attack against what were primarily American forces. The attack is strictly known as the Ardennes Offensive but because the initial attack by the Germans created a bulge in the Allied front line, it has become more commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge.

    Hitler’s plan was to launch a massive attack using three armies on the Allies which would, in his mind, destabilise their accord and also take the huge port of Antwerp through which a great deal of supplies was reaching the Allies.