Whilst routing around in France in June 2004 doing some research into the airwar in 1940, I found this half-track wheel in a ditch….I was with the farmer at the time and he let me have it. A leftover from the battle of Falaise pocket. It was discovered right on the southern edge of the Normandy battle field.

This is what I found out about it from the farmer: Said vehicle was abandoned at La Baroche S Luce whilst towing a 10.5cm gun. It ran out of fuel. The date was probably about 15-16 August 1944.

The wheel has signs of battle field repairs on it, shrapnel damage and continental tyres.