This is a K98 rifle holding bracket from rear seating area of German sdkfz 6 half track.The flooring panel is rusty but still very solid still with some black paint remains the leather holder still its black colour the leather is very solid and not braking up or falling apart the part has ripped from the half track properly when it was hit and is in relic condition but has cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection a cracking unusual find from the battlefield.The holding bracket was 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 bracket is from a Panzer Lehr division half track 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.
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.
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