This is a Panzerkasten 20 radio amplifying box this unit which entered service in 1941 was an amplifying box that was developed to increase the power in the intercom system. This enabled the gunner to join the intercom system leaving only the loader without a headset due to practicalities . The box is rusty but still very solid with some rust damage and no real paintwork it is relic but has cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection and are rare bit of German tiger tank recovered from the battlefield.The box comes from German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered from a destroyed tank site near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield.
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.
German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 knocked out in Elsdorf
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