This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for the 1st company in Infantry replacement battalion 9 in the 233 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 a lot of its original colour but it is a little bit dirty and damaged from being buried it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a very nice tag from this Italian battlefield. The dog tag was recovered on the Gothic Line the 1944 battlefield in Northern Italy. The tag comes from a very large private collection of dog tags recovered some many years ago from all over Europe from most of the fronts fought on by the German Army in World War 2.
Infantry replacement battalion 9 dog tag – Infantry replacement Battalion 9 was renamed Panzergrenadier replacement battalion 9 in 1942 and was subordinate to the 233 infantry division, responsible for reinforcing the 26th Panzer. The division was initially used as costal defense and training in the Amiens area in France before moving to Italy in June 1943. Operations are mentioned as happening in Cassino and Salerno, as well in 1944 extending to Anzio, ettuno, Orsogna, Frosinone, Lucca, Marino, Rimini, Cesena, Ravenna and Bologna. It was at Bologna that the division surrendered to British troops in 1945.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in Jun 1944, was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug 1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive positions until winter stopped the advance.
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