This is a German soldiers half dog tag which is 1st Construction replacement battalion 9 in the 159th Division of the Wehrmacht. This is a aluminium made early war production tag this is the half dog tag 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 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 Culmar Pocket the battle of January-February 1945 in France on the German border.
1. Construction replacement battalion 9 dogtag, the 9th construction replacement battalion was responsible for providing men for the 159th Division, in October, the division was divided and named to the 159th Reserve division. This division was moved to Southern France to protect the Atlantic coast. However, after the allied landings in the area the division was pulled back to Belfort after suffering heavy loses. It was renamed on September 29th 1944 as the 159th Infantry division where after being pushed back to Alsace the unit was destroyed by the Franco-American offensive.
Apart from Normandy, the areas of France most bitterly defended by the Germans were Alsace and Lorraine. This occurred in part because the Allied surge across France in 1944 was slowed down by logistical difficulties as the Allies reached the easternmost extent of France, but the primary reason for the stout German defenses of these regions is that Alsace and Lorraine were claimed as part of Germany and would be defended as strongly as any other German soil. This perception informed Hitler's decisions of 24 November and 27 November 1944, that committed General Siegfried Rasp's 19th Army to a do-or-die defence of the region around Colmar. The Battle of the Colmar Pocket began December 15, 1944, and by February 19, 1945, all German units have been pushed to the west of the Rhine in the southern region. The Germans bitterly defended the areas of Alsace and Lorraine. After the Alsace campaign, the Americans had around 29.000 casualties, among them 7.000 K.I.A's. On the German side were roughly 23.000 casualties, among them up to 3.450 dead as well as 6.800 M.I.A's.
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