This is a German track link pretty much complete but is blown in to 2 parts with major battle damage. This link is very unusual as it seems to only have one bolt hole not the standard 2 so not sure why at all possibly some sort of late war make do and mend thing by the German army the link is rusty but solid the rubber pad is still in place this is very solid and not braking up or falling apart the link has no paint remains that can be seen it does have some ripped and blown edges from the explosion when the half track was hit it has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection. The battle-damaged track link from sdkfz 251 half track was recovered from the site of a destroyed half track 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 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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