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    This is a Track wheel which is very large from the giant 13 ton German Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper halftrack a very rare wheel to get recovered from the battlefield. The wheel still complete with its tyre which has wear and tear and a bit of damage but on whole very nice condition very solid still its nice back colour with its maker markings and numbers clear to read.The wheel is pretty much un damaged does have a small impact dent from bullet or shrapnel hit possibly it is still its nice round shape not miss shaped at all still with a lot of original sand colour paintwork very clear to see it is in relic condition rusty but still solid and has been very nicely cleaned perfect for any display or collection the wheel has no post war bolt holes but was used post war.This wheel along with a few others were taken from a abandoned German armoured Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper half track in the village of Mont which is just North of Houffalize from one of the Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper half tracks used by the 116th Panzer Division.They were taken of the half track in around 1946-1948 by a local farmer and were used on a cart on his farm for many years until they were found by a local collector who had them in his private collection until 2018 when they left the Ardennes area for the first time since the war.This is a very very rare relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.This real bit of rare to find German vehicle history from this famous battle which was Hitlers last offensive in the West.It comes with 4 X A5 laminated information sheets with many pictures including photos of the wheel when it was recovered as it looked when found in September 2018.

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    The 116th Panzer Division, also known as the "Windhund (Greyhound) Division", was an armoured formation that was constituted in the Rhineland and Westphalia areas of western Germany in March 1944 from the remnants of the 16th Panzergrenadier Division, and the 179th Reserve Panzer Division. The 16th had suffered heavy casualties in combat on the Eastern Front near Stalingrad, and the 179th was a second-line formation that had been on occupation duty in France since 1943.

    The 116th Panzer Division participated in the failed Ardennes offensive. On the 10th December 1944 in the days before the offensive started it was partly refitted, with 26 Panzer 4 Tanks and 43 Panther Tanks and 25 Jagdpanther tank destroyers (of which 13 were combat ready). However, it was still missing much of its organic transport. Initially stalled by the resistance and then poor bridges in attacks to cross the Our River at Luetzkampen and Ouren it back-tracked to march through Belgium from Dasburg to Houffalize. The division then fought its way as the middle spearhead of the advance on the Meuse from Samree to La Roche. It was then involved in heavy fighting at Hotton and Verdenne, where it was turned back at its furthest advance in the Ardennes. It later held the Allies at bay for other units to retreat, before being withdrawn over the Rhine in March 1945.Its commander was General Siegfried von Waldenburg for the Ardennes offensive and until the 18 April 1945 when the majority of the division was forced to surrender to the U.S. Ninth Army, having been trapped in the Ruhr Pocket.

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    Track wheel nice condition,maker marked tyre from Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper halftrack of the 116th Panzer Division recovered from near Houffalize in the Ardennes 1944-1945 battle