This is a Battle damaged 20 foot steel towing cable carried by a British Sherman tank. The cable has one loop end missing it has ripped, bent and blown off the tank when it was hit it is a very heavy section of thick steel cable which is near complete from the front or rear of the tank it is rusty but solid and has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and and is very rare to find from the battlefield an item of this size blown off a tank. The cable was recovered from the site of a destroyed British Sherman Tank in the 11th Armoured Division destroyed in fighting and recovered from near the village of Habloville the battle of the 16-20 August 1944 closing the gap in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy. The relic comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards with the details of the battle and where on the tank the part comes from.
The British 11th Armoured division was attached to XXX corps. It progressed eastward hard on the heels of the Germans, who were retreating after the failure of the Mortain counteroffensive. On the 16th August they were engaged in heavy fighting against a German rear-guard then the 11th Armoured division seized Flers on 17 August. Then they were involved in closing the Falaise pocket gap advancing steadily towards Trun after its capture and once the battle for the Falaise gap was over, the 11th Armoured liberated more towns and villages as it moved across France into Germany. Below insignia of the 11th Armoured Division.
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