German soldiers late war improvised wire cutters showing how desperate the German were late on in the war anything was used rare to find they are in relic but solid condition rusty but not braking up or crumbling they have rusted solid and have been left in as found condition with some dirt still attached.The wire cutters 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 cutters are from the Panzer Lehr division 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 battlefield in the Ardennes Forest.
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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.