This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for 1st company signal replacement Battalion 7 which is radio operators and technical crew for communication equipment soldiers quite an usual tag as these troops where not in massive numbers no unit history can be found on this tag .This is a aluminium made early war production tag which is complete it is in very nice solid condition for a relic its markings all completely readable it still retains a lot of its original colour but it is a bit dirty and damaged from being buried it has been nicely cleaned 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.
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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