This is a German soldiers complete dog tag which is for the 1st company of Infantry replacement battalion 220 in the 58th Infantry division of the Wehrmacht. This is a aluminium made early war production tag this is the complete dog tag but is snapped down the middle 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 bit damaged from being buried it has been nicely cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and a very nice tag from this famous early war eastern front battlefield. The dog tag was recovered from the Demyansk Pocket south of Leningrad in Russia 1941-1942 battlefield. 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.
1/ Infantry replacement battalion 220 dog tag – Infantry replacement battalion 220 provided the reinforcements for the 58th Infantry division. This division was originally used as a border guard division before being deployed to invade Luxembourg and then into Belgium via Verdun. It then remained in Belgium as an occupying army until it was redeployed to the Baltic states and pushed through during the Russian campaign, reaching Leningrad and taking Uritsk. as well as taking part in the siege and setting up trenches. This was followed by two and a half years of defensive fighting on the Volkhov, around the Demyansk pocket at Krassny boron, at Mga, at Newel, Strugi Krassnyje. The division remained largely in this area till the end of the war when it was pushed back into East Prussia.
The Demyansk Pocket in Russia was the name given to the pocket of German troops encircled by the Red Army around Demyansk (Demjansk), south of Leningrad, during the war on the Eastern Front. The pocket existed mainly from 8 February to 21 April 1942. A much smaller force was surrounded in the Kholm Pocket at the town of Kholm, about 100 km (62 mi) to the southwest. Both resulted from the German retreat following their defeat during the Battle of Moscow.
German Forces trapped in the pocket were the 12th, 30th, 32nd, 123rd and 290th infantry divisions, and the SS Division Totenkopf, as well as RAD, Police, Organisation Todt and other auxiliary units, for a total of about 90,000 German troops and around 10,000 auxiliaries. Their commander was General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, commander of the II Army Corps.
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