This is a Russian IS-2 Josef Stalin tank wheel cap,nicely cleaned after recovery.The cap is in relic but solid condition does have some original paintwork on it the 5 bolt metal wheel cap a heavy lump is undamaged it is rusty but solid and has been well used and is a very nice example of this cap which is not the factory made cap which came with the tank as new this is a replacement one from spare parts and the late war model with no dimple in the middle. The wheel cap was recovered from The Zeelow Heights near Berlin in Germany the 1945 battlefield the opening battle to take the City.This item comes with a laminated A5 information sheet.A very nice relic from one of the very last battles on the Eastern Front.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945). A pitched battle, it was one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of the Second World War. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the "Gates of Berlin". They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
This battle is often incorporated into the Battle of the Oder-Neisse. The Seelow Heights was where some of the most bitter fighting in the overall battle took place, but it was only one of several crossing points along the Oder and Neisse rivers where the Soviets attacked. The Battle of the Oder-Neisse was itself only the opening phase of the Battle of Berlin.
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Front bottom wheel has this wheel cap on it