This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for the 131st “Sword” Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht. This is a rare zinc made very late war production tag this is the complete dog tag it is in nice solid condition for a relic as zinc tags do not do well after being buried but this one with its markings readable but not perfectly clear at all but better once cleaned it still retains some 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 very nice tag from this heavily fought late war eastern front battlefield. The dog tag was recovered from the Hieligenbeil pocket of 1945 in East Prussia where the German 4th Army was practically destroyed. 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.
131st “Sword” Infantry division dogtag, this division was raised from the 31st and 269th infantry divisions, with non-motorised elements of the 19th on the 21st of September 1940. The division was then moved to Poland on the Eastern Front after training in March 1941 to the east of Warsaw. On June 22nd the division crossed the River Bug and took part in the battle of Bialystock. The divisions would later take part in the taking of Alexin as well as the taking of Kartajewo and Botjna, related to the Moscow offensive, however, could not push further after this. The unit would later be involved in the defensive battles of Kirov and later Kovel before eventually being encircled with the fourth Army between Braunsberg and Konigsberg in the Heilgenbeil pocket during the battle of East Prussia and was destroyed in March 1945, after having attempted a break out to Elbing with the 170th infantry and the the 28th Jaeger.
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