This is a near complete track Link type 54-E1 Steel Chevron used by British or American Sherman tank.The link is near complete but the chevron has worn right down to near flat well used by the tank it was on the link is rusty but solid and has been very well cleaned it is perfect for display or any collection the track link comes from a American or British Sherman tank as these were the only Shermans in the area that the link was found properly more likely British due to its actual location being a British offensive.The track link was recovered from death valley near Hill 112 fought 26-30 June 1944 during Operation Epsom on the Normandy battlefield.This link comes with a laminated A5 information sheet with information and photos.
The capture of Caen and Carpiquet at the same time was followed immediately by renewed attacks west of the city in order to capture the high ground between the Odon and the Orne, to encircle Caen from the south, and above all to continue to engage the main German force so it could not block an American breakout to the south. This time the attack was on a broader front with no fewer than six divisions: the 49th and 50th attacked south to Hottot, the 59th attacked south to Noyers, the 15th Scottish was to attack Evrecy, an objective of EPSOM, followed by the 53rd, and in the first attack the 43rd Division was to capture Hill 112 and Maltot on 10th July 1944.
Between 29 June, when the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions regained the hill, and 23 July, when they were driven from Maltot, the area around Hill 112 changed hands many times and thousands of Allied and German troops were killed or wounded on its bloody slopes. The 43rd Division alone lost more than 2,000 men in the first 36 hours of operation JUPITER to regain Hill 112. It was reported that the Odon River was dammed with corpses.
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