Stkp.Gren.Ers.u.Ausb.Batl.(m).29 EKM (Published)
Nice worn dog tag from a soldier who started in the Stammkompanie Grenadier Ersatz und Ausbildungs Bataillon (m) 29.
The dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' shows normal signs of wear. The Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon 29 was formed in August 1939 in Guben and in April 1943 renamed into Grenadier Ersatz und Ausbildungs Bataillon (motorisiert) 29. It fell under the command of the 3.Infanterie-Division and it trained and supplied soldiers for Infanterie Regiment 29.
A Stammkompanie was a unit that trained the soldiers. Often the soldiers of this kompanie were soldiers who had frontline experience and/or where no longer fully usable on the front due to injuries. Of course this changed later in the war and they also where put into action (in the last months of the war) as there was a shortage of (front)soldiers.
The 'B' on both parts of the tag stands for the soldier's bloodtype.
This tag is published in the book 'Deutsche Erkennungsmarken' by Jean Höidal (page 70).
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