This is a track link ice cleat which is not complete battle damaged blown in half with jagged edge and overall a nice example and does not have any paintwork remains that can be seen. The ice cleat is in relic but solid condition it has been very well cleaned up but does still have some dirt attached it is perfect for display or any collection and is a very nice bit of recognisable tank from the most famous Russian tank of the war. The ice cleat was recovered from a tank destroyed in the Demyansk Pocket in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield and comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
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