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  • Very rare find Battle damaged German winterkette track link type 6 [B] 1943 pattern made for the Nashorn tank destroyer recovered from the Kurland Pocket 1944-1945 battle in Latvia

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    This is a very rare find Battle damaged German winterkette track link type 6 [B] 1943 pattern made for the Panzerjager Hornisse or later known as a Nashorn tank destroyer chassis.The track link is in relic condition rusty but solid it has been damaged the kette extension has been blown off along with part of the link its self properly when the Nashorn was hit and destroyed.The link has been well used as the cleats are worn down it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and is a rare pattern to find as they were not made in as large numbers as other patterns and being a winterkette even rarer and being the first pattern winterkette in use from 1942 very hard to find.This track link was recovered from site of a destroyed German Nashorn tank destroyer in the Kurland Pocket 1944-1945 battle in Latvia.The item comes with 2 laminated A5 information cards with pictures one of the pictures very rare photo of a Nashorn with winterkette track links.

    In February 1942, the Alkett arms firm of Berlin designed a tank destroyer using their recently developed Geschützwagen III/IV which as its name indicated used components of both the panzer 3 and Panzer 4 tanks. The 8,8 cm pak 43/1, a long-barrelled anti-tank gun more known as the main armament of the Tiger 2, was mounted on the rear of the chassis complete with its gun shield and an open-topped superstructure was built up around the gun to give the crew some protection. This model was presented for approval to Adolf Hitler in October 1942 and entered production in early 1943. It had numerous official designations, such as 8,8 cm Pak 43 (L/71) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen III/IV (Sf) or 8,8cm Pak43 (L/71) auf Geschützwagen III/IV (Sd. Kfz. 164), though it was also known as the Panzerjäger Hornisse (in English "Tank-hunter Hornet"). During the first half of 1943, a new model of the Hornisse was introduced into production. It was renamed Nashorn by Hitler in 1944.Total production of the the Nashorn amounted to some 494 vehicles, most were built in 1943.


    The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.


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