GERMAN WW2 ALUMINUM DOG TAG "SCHUTZEN-ERSATZ-BATAILLON 8"
GERMAN WW2 ALUMINUM DOG TAG 8th RIFLE BATTALIAN - ORIGINAL
This was the standard issue German WWII military identification tag or Soldiers ID Tag. Marked as:
1. Schtz. Ers. Batl. 8 - 399
This is the Schutzen-Ersatz-Bataillon 8 (Infantry 8th Rifle Replacement Battalion).
The Schützen-Ersatz-Bataillon 8 was established on 28 August 1939 in Sorau, in Wehrkreis III. The battalion was subordinate to Division 143 and replaced the 3rd Light Division, which later became the 8th Panzer Division.
From 1 February 1940, the Rifle Replacement Battalion 8 was subordinate to Division 153. On 7 February 1940, the battalion was transferred to Bad Freienwalde in the same Military District III. On 28 October 1940, the battalion was transferred again, this time to Eberswalde, also in Wehrkreis III. From 15 May 1942, the battalion was subordinate to Division 233.
The battalion was renamed Panzergrenadier Replacement Battalion 8 on 16 July 1942. On 12 August 1943, the battalion in Eberswalde was divided into one Panzergrenadier Replacement Battalion and one Reserve Panzergrenadier Battalion 8. From that day on, the Panzergrenadier Replacement Battalion was subordinated to the commander of Panzertruppen III and was stationed in Schwedt an der Oder, also Wehrkreis III. The Reserve Panzergrenadier Battalion 8 was transferred to Odder in Denmark after the division. It was subordinate to the 233rd Reserve Panzer Division.
At the end of 1943, the replacement battalion was transferred to Neuruppin in Wehrkreis III. On December 1, 1944, the Replacement Battalion was renamed Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Bataillon 98. In December 1944, the reserve battalion was transferred to Vilbjärg, also in Denmark. In February 1945, the reserve battalion was used to form the Panzer Division Holstein. The reserve battalion was then reorganized. The staff came on 15 February 1945 from the staff of the Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Regiment 16, from the Wehrkreis VI. In April 1945, the reserve battalion was mobilized as the I Battalion by the Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 50.