This is a German track link rubber shoe with battle damage from sdkfz 8 half track. The rubber shoe is missing part of one end ripped off properly when the half track was hit the rubber pad is dated November 1942 and the maker marks on the top are pretty clear to see it retains its nice black colour it is very solid and not braking up or falling apart it has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection. The rubber shoe from German sdkfz 8 halftrack of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered from the site of a destroyed sdkfz 8 near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield. The rubber shoe comes with a A5 laminated information card with pictures.
The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.
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