2.St.Kp.Gren.Ers.Btl.63 EKM (Ingolstadt)
Nice worn dog tag from a soldier who served in the 2.Stamm Kompanie Grenadier Ersatz Bataillon 63.
The dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' shows signs of wear. The Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon 63 was formed in August of 1939 in Ingolstadt. It trained and delivered soldiers for Infanterie Regiment 63. The regiment was part of the 27.Infanterie-Division (which became the 17.Panzer-Division in November 1940). In October 1942 the Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon 63 became Grenadier Ersatz Bataillon 63.
A Stammkompanie was a unit that trained the soldiers. Often the soldiers of this companie were soldiers who had frontline experience, but no longer were fully usable on the front due to injuries. Of course this changed later in the war and they also where put into action as there was a shortage of (front)soldiers.
The 'O' on both parts of the tag stands for the soldiers bloodtype.
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