Stammkp.Gren.Ers.Batl.209 EKM (Denmark)
Nice worn period fieldmade dog tag from a soldier who served in the Stammkompanie Grenadier Ersatz Bataillon 209.
The dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' shows signs of wear. The Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon 209 was formed in August of 1939 in Flensburg. It trained and delivered soldiers for Infanterie Regiment 209. The regiment was part of the 58.Infanterie-Division. In May 1940 the bataillon moved to Denmark. In October 1942 the Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon 209 became Grenadier Ersatz Bataillon 209.
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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