This is the a track link type 5[B] 1942 pattern with battle damage with blast impact in the middle impact cracks and bent but still a complete link from a German Panzer 4 tank. The link which looks like a spare one carried on the outside as it still has remains of the green camouflage paint still clear to see the link has ripped of the tank in an explosion the way it has bent now you can see it must of been on the outside of the tank the link still has its maker markings very clear to see on the bottom the cleats are still there and not worn down by use at all completely mint it is rusty but not to bad at all it is still very solid it is relic but have cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection and a nice bit of tank from the work horse and most produced tank of the German army in World War 2.The track comes from the site of a destroyed Panzer 4 tank of 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen recovered near the village of Camembert from the battle of 20th August 1944 against the Canadian 4th armoured Division in the last days of the fighting in the Falaise Pocket in Normandy. The part comes with a laminated information card with pictures
Panzergrenadier Regiment Hohenstaufen. The division saw much action defending against British armour during operation Goodwood During operation Jupiter Hohenstaufen destroyed 58 British tanks with many of them being Churchill tanks After the launch of the Canadian operation totalize, Hohenstaufen avoided encirclement in the Falaise Pocket and kept the narrow escape route from this pocket open. By the 21st August it was over, and the German forces were in full retreat out of Normandy. The Panzer IVs comprised around half of the available German tank strength on the Western Front prior to the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. Most of the 11 panzer divisions that saw action in Normandy initially contained an armoured regiment of one battalion of Panzer IVs and another of Panthers, for a total of around 160 tanks, although Waffen-SS panzer divisions were generally larger and better equipped than their Army counterparts. Regular upgrades to the Panzer IV had helped to maintain its reputation as a formidable opponent. Below picture is a panzer 4 tank of the 9th SS Panzer Division.
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