This is a German IF-8 trailer outer steel wheel still with lots of sand camouflage paintwork which is very clear to see these are not that easy or common to find. The wheel has no rubber tyre with some rust damage it is in relic but solid condition it is rusty but has been very well cleaned so is perfect for display or any collection. The wheel was recovered from Moissey Ford area in the Falaise pocket, Normandy from the summer battlefield of 1944.The wheel comes with a A5 laminated information card with picture.
This tiny road leading to a muddy track fording a large stream carried tens of thousands of German soldiers out of the Falaise Pocket in only a few days in August of 1944.
The Falaise Pocket or Battle of the Falaise Pocket (12–21 August 1944) was the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy. A pocket was formed around Falaise in which the German Army Group B, with the 7th Army and the Fifth panzer army (formerly Panzergruppe West) were encircled by the Western Allies. The battle is also referred to as the Battle of the Falaise Gap, after the corridor which the Germans sought to maintain to allow their escape and is sometimes referred to as the Chambois Pocket, the Falaise-Chambois Pocket, the Argentan–Falaise Pocket or the Trun–Chambois Gap. The battle resulted in the destruction of most of Army Group B west of the Seine River, which opened the way to Paris and the German border for the Allied armies.
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