This is a German soldiers half dog tag which is for the 1st company Grenadier replacement battalion 4 of the 32nd Infantry division in the Wehrmacht . This is a aluminium made early war production tag this is the half dog tag snapped down the middle it is in nice solid condition for a relic but does have some damage around the edges with its markings partly 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 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. Grenadier replacement battalion 4 dogtag. Grenadier replacement battalion 4 was responsible for providing replacement troops to the 32nd infantry division. This division joined the Polish invasion in 1939 and marched on Warsaw-Praga after pushing through Vistula, Gollup and Sierpcz. They were then relocated to Eifel and pushed through the Belgium border fortifications to Cambrai then south of Douhai. It then also took part in the battle of France, crossing the Somme at Bray and the Seine at Rouen before chasing elements of the French forces to Loire. The division then moved in August 1940 to the Cotentin peninsula to prepare for Operation Sealion, only to be redeployed in October to East Prussia. The division then took part in Operation Barbarossa and crossed the Russian border near Goldap. On June 24th she crossed the Nyemen south of Kovno and then marched over the Wilja to the Daugava. The division then marched via Sarwanka in the direction of Cholm and via Molvotitsy and Demyansk to Lake Velye. At the beginning of 1942, the division was then trapped in the Demyansk pocket with fighting mostly focused on the Northeastern area.
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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