This is a rear tool box lid from German Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer tank destroyer not standard on all marks of hetzer rare to get hetzer from the battlefield anyway let alone a recognisable part like this. The lid is rusty but still very solid near complete the large heavy joint is here some of the bolts are missing but is still with some original white paint remains and red undercoat from the inside half of the lid it is very solid and not braking up or falling apart does have some rust damage the part has ripped from the tank properly when it was hit and is in relic condition but has cleaned up very well it is perfect for display or any collection a cracking unusual find from the battlefield.The tool box lid was recovered from site of a destroyed Hetzer near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know this bracket is from a Panzer Lehr division hetzer a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.A very rare relic from this famous battle that comes with 2 X A5 laminated information sheets with pictures and has a picture of the lid on the box on the rear of the tank destroyer.
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 understrength, 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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