This is a German soldiers half dog tag which is for the Grenadier Regiment 277 in the 83rd infantry division of the Wehrmacht. This is a aluminum made early-mid war production tag this is the half dog tag snapped in half down the middle it is in nice solid condition for a relic with its markings fairly readable it does not retain any of its original colour but it is dirty and damaged from being buried it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a nice tag from this late war battlefield. The dog tag was recovered in the Kurland Pocket 1944-1945 battle in Latvia. 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.
Grenadier Regiment 277 dogtag. Grenadier regiment 277 was subordinated to the 83rd Infantry Division and deployed in the Welisch and Velkije Luki area on the Eastern Front in October 1942. After the beginning of the Russian offensive it was encircled along with numerous other units and formed Kamfgruppe “Sass” to hold the city. With Hitler directly forbidding the town be abandoned due to its strategic importance. On the 5th of January, the encircled units were split in two between the citadel of the city and the train station. On the 14th, 150 broke out at night and retreated to German lines, whilst the remaining garrison surrendered on the 16th. The 277 suffered the loss of approximately 6,710 troops and the unit was disbanded on the 30th of January 1943. Of which remnants formed the 277th Grenadier battalion.
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