This is track link pin from a Russian self propelled artillery gun. The link pin is in rusty, relic but solid condition but is a unusual find from the battlefield the photo below is the type of gun this pin is from. This track link pin was recovered in the Kurland Pocket in Latvia. This item comes with a 5'7 laminated card with photo a very nice relic from this famous battle on the Eastern Front.
The Kurland Pocket refers to the Red Army's blockade or isolation of Axis forces on the Courland Peninsula from July 1944 through May 1945.The pocket was created during the Red Army's Baltic Strategic Offensive Operation, when forces of the 1st Baltic Front reached the Baltic Sea near Memel during its lesser Memel Offensive Operation phases. This action isolated the German Army Group North from the rest of the German forces between Tukums and Liepāja in Latvia. Renamed Heeresgruppe Kurland on 25 January 1945 the Army Group remained isolated until the end of the war. When they were ordered to surrender to the Soviet command on 8 May, they were in "blackout" and did not get the official order before 10 May, two days after the capitulation of Germany. It was one of the last German groups to surrender in Europe. Below German troops in the Kurland Pocket.
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