Nice Stammschwadron Kavallerie Ersatz Abteilung 100 dog tag in used, but good condition.
The dog tag or 'Erkennungsmarke' shows signs of wear. The abteilung was formed in December 1944 in Luneberg was part of Division.180. In September 1944 the ersatz abteilung was mobilized and moved to the Netherlands and was put into action during Operation Market Garden. They got surrounded by the Allies and finally taken prisoner by the Americans. A new Kavallerie Ersatz Abteilung 100 was formed in late September 1944 in Luneberg which was renamed Kavallerie Ersatz Abteilung 20 in december 1944. Soon after Aufklärungs-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 14 was used to form a new Kavallerie-Ersatz-Abteilung 100. The newly formed unit was put into action in the Stargard area (Poland). The abteilung was well equipped with the SturmGewehr 44 and the MG42. It saw some fierce combat in the last months of the war.
A Stamm-Schwadron was a unit that trained the soldiers. Often the soldier of this kompanie were soldiers who had frontline experience, but no longer were fully usable at the front due to injuries. Of course this changed later in the war as there was a shortage of (front)soldiers and where mobilized also.
Interesting dog tag of a unit with a rich history.
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