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  • German Tiger 1 Tank turret ring ball bearing from tank in Schwere Panzer Abteilung 301,9th Panzer Division recovered near Elsdorf,Ruhr Pocket April 1945,Germany

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    German Tiger 1 Tank turret ring ball bearing which sat inside the ring of the turret the part that actually moved to turn the turret .The ball bearing which is roughly 1 half inches wide it is rusty but still very solid it is relic but has cleaned up very well and is perfect for display or any collection and are rare bit of German tiger tank recovered from the battlefield.The ball bearing comes from German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 of the 9th Panzer Division part of the 5th Panzer Army it was recovered near Elsdorf south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945 battlefield.The relic comes with 2x A5 laminated information cards with pictures of the internal ring on the second card.

    The 5. Panzerarmee was formed on 8 December 1942 in North Africa through the restructuring of the LXXXX Armee Korps. It surrendered in Tunisia on 9 May 1943. The 5. Panzerarmee was reformed on 5 August 1944 by the redesignation of Panzergruppe West. It fought in Normandy and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the Falaise Pocket. In September 1944, the 5. Panzerarmee launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the U.S. Third Army in Lorraine before withdrawing to the German border. The 9th Division was then partly reformed with schwere panzer abteilung 301 getting new tiger 1 tanks the Army then took part in the failed Ardennes offensive in December 1944 and later fought at the Remagen bridgehead before being destroyed in the Ruhr Pocket on 17 April 1945.

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     German Tiger Tank of Schwere panzer Abteilung 301 knocked out in Elsdorf

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