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  • Rare very early war German track link type 3 [A] 1941 pattern with maker markings used by Panzer 3 Tank recovered from Sevastopol the battlefield of the Crimea in 1942,Russia

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    This is a rare very early war the first pattern after the smaller 36cm links a German track link type 3 [A] 1941 pattern open guide horn and pretty much complete. The link which still has its maker markings fairly clear to see on the bottom the cleats are still there but worn down by use it is rusty but not to bad at all it is still very solid it is relic but has cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection .The link has been recovered from Sevastopol the battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in the East. The link comes from the site of a destroyed very early war German Panzer 3 Tank Ausf A-C on the Sevastopol battlefield of 1941-1942 in the Crimea the Germans last big victory in the East and comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defenses and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.

    Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege.Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.


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