This is a wheel from a German Panther tank of the 116th Panzer Division.The wheel is in fantastic condition still with its rubber tyre which does have some damage and cracks to it from use but still very solid not braking up or crumbling and with original markings that can be seen the metal inner part of the wheel still has original black paintwork on both sides clear to see in places it has one bolt missing that is it all totally complete other then that it is in factory condition with no post war holes been drilled in or anything added it has been very nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection available for the first time since the war outside of the Ardennes Forest ware it has been for nearly 74 years .This wheel along with a few others were taken from a abandoned Panther Tank in the village of Mont which is just North of Houffalize from one of the 43 Panther tanks of the 116th Panzer Division.They were taken of the tank 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 panther tank history from this famous battle which was Hitlers last offensive in the West comes with 5X A5 laminated information sheets with many pictures including photos of them when they were recovered and map.
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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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