This is a very nice and very rare find blown a section of armour plate blown off the tank when it was hit it is 45mm armour plate from the side or rear turret the only place that had this thickness .This is a nice bit which is very heavy and solid still with some paintwork mostly red undercoat on the internal side and with some nice shiny weld all very clear to see and the plate has a lot of original colour. The plate has been blown clean of the tank which with this thickness of armour must of been one hell of a hit the section is rusty but it has been very nicely cleaned and is in nice solid condition perfect for display or any collection and is a very nice size at 11 inches long by 9 inches wide and is so hard to find this thickness of armour plate from a German tank. This armour plate was recovered from the site of German Panther Tank of the 11th Panzer Division destroyed in the Belfort Gap the battle in the Vosges Mountains on the French - German border the battle in 1944-1945.The relic comes with 2X A5 laminated information card with pictures of the turret of a panther tank.
German resistance was spotty in September 1944, but rapidly coalesced in front of the Belfort Gap, a corridor of relatively flat terrain that lies between the Vosges and Jura mountains on the Swiss frontier, and a gateway to the Rhine river. The advance of the French 1st Army Corps was slowed in front of the Belfort Gap by the German 11th panzer Division which dug in defended the gap. This Panther tank was destroyed during that fighting in October 1944 until January 1945. In three months of savage fighting, the U.S. Seventh Army finally took the Mountains but at a large cost. Around the area of the Belfort Gap. With the toughest terrain on the Western Front, the Vosges mountain range was seemingly an impregnable fortress, manned by German Gebirgsjager mountain troops determined to hold the last barrier between the Allies and the Rhine. Yet despite nearly constant rain, snow, ice, and mud, soldiers of the U.S. Seventh Army tore through thousands of pillboxes, acres of barbed wire, hundreds of roadblocks, and miles of other enemy obstacles, ripping the tenacious German defenders out of their fortifications in fierce fighting–and then held on to their gains by crushing Operation Nordwind, the German offensive launched in a hail of steel at an hour before midnight on the last New Year’s Eve of the war.
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Rare very large section of 45mm armour plate from the side or rear turret with paintwork and weld of German Panther Tank of the 11th Panzer Division destroyed in the Belfort Gap the battle in the Vosges Mountains the battle in 1944-1945