This is a German track link rubber pad which is the smooth finnish standard pattern it was recovered from the site of a destroyed German sdkfz 251 half track. The rubber shoe or pad as it is known as well is complete but has been very well used with some damage from use the rubber pad is maker marked on the top which is all very clear to see 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 pad was recovered from near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know this track link pad is from a Panzer Lehr division half track a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 that comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.
During the run up to the offensive, Panzer Lehr was kept in reserve on 15 December, the day before the offensive began, Panzer Lehr was still severely under strength, with only one of its two tank battalions ready for action, the other restored to its parent unit, the 3rd panzer division. Both of its panzergrenadier regiments were at 80 percent of its authorized strength. It had only 57 tanks (30 Panthers and 27 Panzer IV) and 20 Jagdpanzer IV/70's by the time the attack jumped off.
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