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A one off Piece !!

Article about: This is one of the favourite and unusual pieces from my collection. It's a Pewter tankard awarded in May 1944 by GenLt Fritz Bayerlein the famous Commander of the Panzerlehr Divison. The tan

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    This is one of the favourite and unusual pieces from my collection.

    It's a Pewter tankard awarded in May 1944 by GenLt Fritz Bayerlein the famous Commander of the Panzerlehr Divison.

    The tankard was awarded for winning a football competetion which took place amongst the I / 6 and was won by the Third Kompanie.

    The I / 6 was the 1 Abteilung ( Panthers ) of Panzer Regt 6 who at that time were part of the Panzer Lehr Regiment 130. In May 1944 the Abteilung were training in France but in early June were entrained for the Eastern Front only to be recalled after the D Day landings to fight with the Division in Normandy.

    Many of the footballers who won the trophy were KIA in Normandy.

    regards

    Paul
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    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hi Paul, that is a superb item and I can well understand why it is a favourite of yours.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks Ade and Phil , the piece was a Durham Light Infantry veteran bring back which i found in a local second hand shop !! I couldn't believe it when i saw the name of Bayerlein on it , luckily the guy in the shop had no idea who he was so i got it for almost nothing, all he knew was that an old DLI guy had brought it back from France.

    The DLI were involved in numerous Battles with the PLD and I / 6 in mid June 1944 in particular the Battles at Tilly sur Seulles , Lingevres and Verrieres , south east of Bayeux,

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Paul - Great find and a fine centerpiece for any II Reich collection.

    Horst
    "He who hesitates is lost - is not only lost but miles from the next exit"

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    Great item mate!

    Donnie

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    Must apologise as well guys as it needs a good clean i should have done it before posting
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Just some further information this was probably awarded during a Panzer Lehr Regiment 130 sports tournament that took place in May 1944 at Auvours , does anyone have a History of the Panzer Lehr that has mor einfo about their stay at Auvours ?
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Lucky you Paul.Congratulations!

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