3./Schütz.Ers.Btl.2 EKM (Published)
Very nice aluminium dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' from a soldier who was drafted in the 3.Kompanie schweres Schützen Ersatz Bataillon 2.
The dog tag shows normal signs of wear. The bataillon was formed in August 1939 in Wien, Austria. It trained and supplied soldiers for; Stab 2.Panzerarmee, Schützenbrigade 2, Schützen Regiment 2 and 304 (later renamed into Panzer Grenadier Regiment 2 and 304) and Panzer Grenadier Bataillon 2109 (gepanzert).
All units above (except for bataillon 2109) were part of the 2.Panzer-Division. The ersatz bataillon was renamed into Panzergrenadier Ersatz Bataillon 2 in July 1942.
The 'O' on both parts of the tag stands for the soldier's bloodtype and were added by himself.
This tag is published in the book 'Deutsche Erkennungsmarken' by Jean Höidal (page 88).
Soldiers of a Schützen Regiment are the ones you often see in the Sd.Kfz's (halftracks) and are part of a Panzer Regiment.
Interesting Panzer infanterie related dog tag.
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