This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for 4th company Infantry Replacement Battalion 65 late in the war in the 180th division the who fought in the the Arnhem area in September 1944 a nice battle history formation of the Wehrmacht. This is a aluminium made early war production tag this is the complete dog tag which looks like it is been burnt or heated up in a fire it is discoloured and slightly bent and dented from the heat it is in very nice solid condition for a relic with its markings still pretty readable it still retains some of its original colour but it is a 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 late war battlefield. The dog tag was recovered in the ruhr pocket of April 1945 in western Germany. 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.
4/ Infantry Replacement Battalion 65 dogtag – The 65th Infantry replacement battalion was split into two before coming back together as the 65th grenadier replacement battalion. Towards the end of the war, in September 1944, the unit was deployed to the Netherlands as part of the Operation Market Garden response. After this in October the unit was subordinated to Grenadier regiment 1222 of the 180th division where it would later surrender at the Ruhr Pocket to the allies.
On April 1, 1945, armoured divisions from both the First and the Ninth Armies met at the town of Lipstadt, trapping German Army Group B inside the Ruhr. Within three days, the equivalent of four American army corps had tightened the grip around the pocket. For the next two weeks, US troops attacked into the Ruhr to destroy the German forces trapped there. After several abortive counterattacks, the Germans began to retreat from the north side of the pocket, although Hitler had refused the request of the German commander, Field Marshal Model, to withdraw his badly outgunned forces. By April 14, 1945, the American advance had split the pocket in two as troops of the First and Ninth Armies met again, this time at the town of Hagen in the heart of the Ruhr. German troops began surrendering by the thousands. The rapidly shrinking eastern pocket surrendered on April 16, followed two days later by the remains of the western pocket. More than 300,000 Germans became prisoners of war, constituting the largest single German surrender in western Europe during the war in what came to be known as the Ruhr pocket.
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