This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for the 14th company of Infantry Regiment 162 in the 336th infantry division of the Wehrmacht. This is a aluminium made early war production tag this is the complete dog tag it is in very nice solid condition for a relic with its markings completely readable it still retains all of its original colour but it is very slightly damaged from being buried it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a very nice tag from this famous early war eastern front battlefield but also the site of a large German surrender in 1944 so could be from either battle but more likely the 1944 battle as they were destroyed there.The dog tag was recovered in Sevastopol the battlefield of 1941-1942 and the site of Russian offensive in1944 in the Crimea.
14/ Infantry Regiment 162 dogtag – Infantry regiment 162, III Battalion, 14th Company took part in the Polish invasion and Western Campaign under the subordination of the 61st. After this, in November 1940, III Battalion was used to form the 336th infantry division which would be deployed on the Eastern Front against the USSR after briefly being used as an occupation force in France. The division was assigned to Army Group South as part of the 6th Army and took part in the advance to the Great Donb basin, west of Stalingrad. When the Soviet assault to encircle the 6th army began, the 336th managed to avoid it bar their Pioneer Battalion which was destroyed. . In March 1943, the division moved via Shakhty to the Mius north of Taganrog. From April to September 1943 the division fought in the Mius. In September 1943 she was surrounded near Uspenskaya and after heavy fighting, the division withdrew via Melitopol to the Crimea, where it was used for defense at the northern exits of the Crimea. By May 1944 the division was destroyed in Sevastopol.
In late July 1941, Hitler ordered Army Group South to seize the Crimea as part of its operations to secure the Ukraine and the Donets Basin, in order to protect the vital Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti from Soviet air attack. After weeks of heavy fighting, the Germans breached the Soviet defenses and overran most of the Crimea. By November 1941 the only remaining Soviet foothold in the area was the heavily fortified naval base at Sevastopol.
Operation Sturgeon Haul, the final assault on Sevastopol, was one of the very few joint service German operations of World War II, with two German corps and a Romanian corps supported by a huge artillery siege train on the 4th July 1942 Thirty thousand Soviets surrendered and in July itself a total of 90,000 prisoners were taken also 467 guns, 758 mortars, and 155 antitank guns captured. Two more Soviet armies were smashed and an estimated 50,000 of the enemy killed on the battlefield. Including civilians, Soviet casualties were about 250,000 for the entire siege.Despite Manstein’s efforts to spare his infantry and crush the defenders with overwhelming bombardment, official Eleventh Army losses numbered 4,337 dead, 1,591 missing, and 18,183 wounded. Actual casualties were probably much higher, up to 75,000. In addition, they had used up 46,700 tons of munitions and 20,000 tons of bombs.
The Crimean Offensive (8 April – 12 May 1944), known in German sources as the Battle of the Crimea, was a series of offensives by the Red army directed at the German-held Crimea. The Red Army's 4th Ukrainian front engaged the German 17th Army of Army group A, which consisted of Wehrmacht and Romanian formations.The evacuation of the Crimea in April–May 1944 was the most complex and extensive operation of the Romanian Navy during the Second World War. From 15 April to 14 May, numerous German and Romanian warships escorted many convoys between Constanța and Sevastopol. The scale and importance of the operation can be attested by the usage in combat of all four Romanian destroyers, the largest Axis warships in the Black Sea. The last phase of the evacuation (10-14 May) saw the fiercest combat
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