This is a telephone cable reel from German Kettenkrad half track gun tractor this very large reel was used in a pair which sat on the back of Kenttengrad. The reel is near complete it has ripped and bent a bit properly when it was lost from the vehicle it still has the wire connectors attached which are there original colour the reel its self is in relic but solid condition it does have some rust holes and rust damage in places but is not falling apart at all it has been very well cleaned it is perfect to display or any collection very rare to get one of these large reels from the battlefield and in such solid condition.This reel was recovered in the woods near Rochefort which was a village attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this how we know this reel is from the Panzer Lehr division 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 a A5 laminated information sheet.
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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.