2./Aufkl.Abt.20 EKM (20.Inf-Div.)
Nice aluminium dog tag that belonged to a soldier who served within Aufklarungs Abteilung 20.
The dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' shows signs of wear. The soldier was drafted in the 7.Kompanie Infanterie Regiment 90(mot.). This regiment was formed in October 1937 and was part of the 20.Infanterie-Division. The soldier then, at some point, switched to the 2.Schwadron Aufklarungs Abteilung 20 hence the fact the 7./I.R.90 is crossed out (this was against regulations). Aufklarungs Abteilung was formed in November 1938 and also part of the 20.Infanterie-Division. In September it saw its first combat during the invasion of Poland. It also participated in the invasion of Holland, Belgium and then France (Dunkirk). During the second phase of the 'Westfeldzug' the abteilung was part of Panzergruppe Guderian.
In June 1941 it participated in the invasion of Russia. It was put into action in areas like Bialystok,Minsk and Smolensk and later during the attack of Leningrad.
In January 1942 the remnants of Aufklarungs Abteilung 20 became part of Kradschutzen Bataillon 30 which was also part of the division. It was renamed into Panzeraufklarungs Abteilung 120 in March 1943.
Interesting tag with a rich history.
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