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Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen   Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. A

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SdKfz 250
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Normandy late August 1944. Intense fighting raged around the village of Saint Lambert-sur-Dives. The Allies remorselessly crushed German forces into an ever tightening pocket around the town of Falaise in the final stages of the Battle of Normandy. One of the units in the desperate drive to break out of the Allied encirclement in the retreat back to Germany was the 10th SS Panzer Division 'Frundsberg'. By the end of the battle the roads and fields around the village were littered with shattered German vehicles and equipment. The war moved on. The wreckage was removed or left half buried to be forgotten over the decades.    . Nearly 70 years after this engagement, in 2005, we received large sections of what appeared to be a Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. A, still retaining vestiges of its original camouflage and a key tactical marking. This light German armoured half track included the complete left hand side armour panel with the track fender cover and the rear panel without the access door. We had no idea where the body had been found other than in Normandy, and what unit this Sd.Kfz.250 A had belonged to. We already had a completely intact and very original Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. ....