This is a Russian IS-2 Josef Stalin tank track link pin,nicely cleaned after recovery.The pin is in relic but solid condition does have some dirt and muck attached but not much at all it is rusty but solid and has been well used with no real damage other then the marks made by the links when the pin was used in one. The track link pin 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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