This is the early war first pattern design ice cleat from track link used by German panzer 4 tank used in the snow and ice. This ice cleat which is complete and rusty but solid and has been very well cleaned with maker marking partly clear to see but the release catch on this one is stuck but with further cleaning may well be able to work it is perfect for display or any collection. This ice cleat is the early war design smaller one rather then the late war bigger type one. The Ice cleat was was recovered from the battlefield outside Vienna in the area where 6th SS Panzer Army fought in the battle of April 1945.The track link ice cleat comes with a laminated information card with pictures.
The panzer 4 tank was destroyed on the battlefield outside of Vienna in the area the 6th SS panzer army fought until the remnants managed to withdraw to a new defensive position. The Vienna Offensive was launched by the Soviet 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian fronts in order to invade and capture the city. The offensive lasted from 2 April to 13 April 1945. The Soviets placed the city under siege, facing only a single Panzer corps. After a few days’ street fighting, the defenders had destroyed all but two of the Danube bridges, and the Panzers escaped encirclement. The incoming Soviets devastated the old city, and there was much brutality against civilians. Stalin approved the restoration of Austria as a sovereign country.
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