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  • Track link pin from American sherman tank,burnt but solid relic recovered in the Hurtgen Forest on Belgium-German border fought from September to December 1944.

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    This is a steel track link pin which is complete and in nice condition it has been burnt in a fire probably when the tank was hit and burned out. This pin is solid and still retains some of its original colour in places smooth to the touch in the middle pitted at either end it has been very well cleaned perfect for display or any collection. The track link pin comes from a American Sherman Tank destroyed and recovered in the Hurtgen Forest on Belgium-German border fought from September to December 1944.This item comes with a laminated A5 information sheet with information and photos.

    This battle was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest which is about 50 square miles of Forest and Villages east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War 2 and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. At the start, the forest was defended by the German 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions; understrength but well prepared—5,000 men (1,000 in reserve)—and commanded by Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt. They had little artillery and no tanks. As the battle progressed, German reinforcements were added including Tank support. American expectations that these troops were weak and ready to withdraw were over optimistic. Below Panzer 4 Tank knocked out in the Hurtgen Forest.

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