This is a track link from German Panzer 2 tank of the 7th Panzer Division which is complete and has been left in as found condition.The link is rusty but in very nice solid condition and no real damage it also still has lot of mud and dirt attached from the recovery a nice example of this track link battlefield found.The Panzer 2 track link was recovered near Arras from the battle on the 21st May 1940 during German invasion of France. This item comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with photos.
The panzer 2 although the vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II, during the Polish and French campaigns. The Panzer 2 was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France. Below Panzer 2 in captured French Town in Northern France in 1940
The battle of Arras on the 21st May was an Allied counter-attack against the flank of the German Army,near the town of Arras in North-Eastern France.The German forces were pushing North under Rommel towards the channel coast,to trap the Allied forces that had advanced in to Belgium.The counter-attack at Arras was an Allied attempt to cut through the German armoured spearhead and frustrate the German advance.The Anglo-French attack made early gains and panicked some German units but was repulsed after an advance of up to 6.2 miles and forced to withdraw after dark to avoid encirclement.General Rommel noted in his diary that his division had lost 89 men killed, 116 wounded and 173 men missing and captured, as many as the first four days of operations,which included the Meuse crossing,although 90 of the missing returned to their units. But later records show the 7th Panzer Division loss nine medium and several light Tanks,378 men killed or wounded and 173 missing.The British records show almost 400 Germans taken prisoner and the British lost around 100 men killed or wounded in the attack, it is unknown how many French soldiers became casualties in the engagement.The French lost 60 of the 88 Tanks that went in to the attack.
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