This is the rarest of very rare finds from the battlefield part of collection of parts all recovered from a British first World War Tank from the 1918 Somme battlefield these are finds that may never be repeated because of how unbelievably hard it is to find world war 1 tank parts from the battlefield.This is part of a British designed clamp that is so rare there is only a few in the world that exist Bovington tank museum does not have one there were only issued in small numbers this late war track link mud clamp which was used in conjunction with a beam to help cross muddy terrain.This is one of the connector bolts that connects the centre clap to its side brackets that attached to the link as seen on the photo the bolt is in relic but solid condition it is rusty but not crumbling or braking up it has been very lightly cleaned but does still have dirt on it from the recovery it is 2 half inches long and is lovely for any collection perfect to display.The bolt was recovered with the clamp in 2015 from British Mark 5 Tank destroyed during the Battle of Le Hamel on the 4th July 1918,Australian and American offensive on the Somme.With this item comes with 2 x A5 laminated information cards with photographs one is a picture of the recovered clamp and drawing of the clamp on a tank no photos exist also the start of the recovery in 2015 this initial find near the surface more parts were found deeper down and some of the larger items that were found. A very rare Tank relic from the famous 1918 German spring offensive and the Allied counter attack on the Somme battlefield.
British Mark V recovered from Le Hamel; 1918 Somme battlefield.
These parts were recovered in 2015 from the site of a destroyed British mark V tank in woods on the outskirts of Le Hamel; an area which several British Tanks were lost during the battle on that Summer Day.
The Mark V Tank made its combat debut during the battle at Le Hamel where approximately 60 tanks, many of them British mark V’s successfully supported Australian and American troops during battle and captured the Village. The mark V tanks were used in eight major actions before the end of the war.
The Battle of Le Hamel was fought on the 4 July 1918 and was an attack by the Australians supported for first time by American forces with British Tanks. General Sir John Monash, Commander of the Australian Corps, planned for an attack to dislodge the German position on a spur of high ground outside the Village. The frontage of the attack was about 3 miles wide from Villers-Bretonneux village in the south to Le Hamel in the north, with Vaire and Le Hamel woods between these villages. General Monash selected the date of the attack as 4 July as American Independence Day for the date of the attack in honour of the American involvement in this battle. German casualties numbered about 2,000, with another 1,600 taken prisoner. Australian casualties were about 1,400 of whom about 250 were killed.Below a Mark 5 Tank and Australian soldiers beside tank that was disabled in fight for Le Hamel.
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