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  • Complete pair of track links rusted solid used by British Bren gun carrier probably used by Gloucestershire,Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire light infantry recovered from around the Town of Cassel,battle in May 1940 during the Dunkirk pocket

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    This is a pair of complete track links with its connector pin from British Bren gun carrier which is nice condition for a recovered relic. The links and rusted solid and do not move the links themselves have no real damage but does look like they have been burnt in a fire possibly when carrier was hit the links have been very well cleaned and not badly rusted or pitted because they have been burnt but are rusty but solid and are a very nice example of these unusual links nice to find from the battlefield perfect for display or any collection. The links were probably used by a carrier and men of the Gloucestershire or the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiments recovered from battlefield near the town of Cassel from the Dunkirk pocket of the 27th until 30th of May 1940, part of the perimeter around the port during the evacuation of May-June 1940. The links were recovered from around the Town of Cassel which was defended by these soldiers in the battle that was fought from 27th-30th May 1940 during the fighting around the Dunkirk pocket. This is a cracking relic that has lovely history as well know the nearly exactly what regiment it was used by cracking relic from the famous Dunkirk pocket battle of 1940.

    In May 1940 during the battle of France the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire and the 4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry held Cassel for three days as part of the defensive screen around Dunkirk during the Battle of Dunkirk and evacuation from the 27 May 1940 to the 30 May 1940. The British forces had prepared a defence on the hilltop, emplacing anti-tank guns and barricading the narrow streets of the town. After scoring initial successes against the tanks of Panzer Regiment 11, which had made the mistake of advancing without infantry support, the British garrison was heavily attacked from the ground and the air by German forces. Much of the town was reduced to ruins by bombing. Most of the garrison's members were killed or captured by the Germans during the fighting or the subsequent attempted breakout towards Dunkirk, but the defence they had put up played an important role in holding up the Germans while the Dunkirk evacuation was taking place. 


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