This is a set of 3 Track links type 6A 1942 pattern still connected, heavily rusted from German Panzer 4 tank complete with there track pins which have rusted solid as well. These track links which have been found on the surface not buried properly spare links carried on the front or side of the tank which have fallen or blown off and laid where they landed for 70 odd years. They are very rusty with a lot of rust damage from being left to the elements for so many years they are still very solid condition and have been nicely cleaned and are perfect for display or any collection but very rare to get 3 links still connected together. These track links are from German Panzer 4 tank recovered in the Apennine Mountains near Ancona part of the Gothic line defence in Italy 1944 battlefield. The links come with a A5 laminated information card.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in June 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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