The identity of the so-called military character. ( Dog tags )

October 27th, 2013
by andrzej

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Almost all of us who once hoped to be the discoverer of a treasure. Childhood dreams sometimes come true and I do not mean chest full of gold , as a treasure to be close to the heart , for someone else is not worth even a penny . In the nineties of the last century , also Polish , became trendy searching with a metal detector . With each year comes the so-called hunters . military . The method is very simple. Studying the maps, books about fighting on Polish soil , taken detector and shovel and you have to move into the area . Most are riddled with bullets rust and the elements of military equipment such as bayonets , buckles , buttons, helmets, bowls , coins , etc. But nothing gives the seeker satisfaction , delivering messages to find its user. One of these findings are ” dog tags ” , or military identification marks . The one who presented the picture belonged to a German soldier . It comes from the period of World War II. It should explain his identity : 548 – number of the soldier , 5.Shwd . – Probably means 5 Squadron, Fahr Ers – Abt.3 – means vehicles spare 3rd battalion reserve battalion or three vehicles , A – the blood group determination . I found ” immortal” aluminum plate is divided into two halves , allowing you to identify the soldier in case of his death . Both halves contain the same data , which we have already mentioned. In the case of the death of a soldier , the upper half of the two holes were left on the body in a makeshift grave generally , and the lower one hole passed to the archive in order to inform the family. Practically, this was the only chance for those who died in the fight for the homeland is not unknown to anyone other soldiers. Characters were issued with military booklet . Worn around the neck usually in a case made of a thin skin on the braided cotton cord with a length of about 80 cm. In place of the laces and used chains . One of the first who initiated the identification of the troops were Americans , with signs of identity even during the Civil War. On a larger scale, ” Dog ” appeared during the First World War . Unique identification marks owned Austro-Hungarian soldiers . It was a closed container with a hinged piece of paper in the middle. On it were discharged all user data . German air units during World War II, apply the ” Dog ” in stainless steel , resistant to high temperature. There was also a lot samoróbek where soldiers put their name, the name of the place of residence or the name of the battle attended . German sailors to avoid losing the ” dog tag ” for example, when jumping into the water, tied it to a string onto the left shoulder and running under the right armpit. Another element used was altering the mark on bracelets or sew thread through the hole to the belt or uniform. Its markings were also German civilians working for the military, forced laborers and prisoners of concentration camps . In large factories and camps, the use of signs of identity was necessary due to the large number of people residing in the factory or a concentration camp. He was usually on their number and the number of prisoner camp. Most, however, the number was trimmed camper prison garb . Returning to the ” dog tag ” section of the pictures , after finding a soldier tried to establish personalities and odnaleść his family. Despite the support of Deutsche Dienststelle ( WASt ) from Berlin , the Foundation “Remembrance ” from Warsaw , Volksbund Deutscher Kriegsgraberfursorge of Kassel, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Council for the Protection of Struggle and safety of Warsaw and the Board of the Polish Red Cross , and so far I did not succeed. Recently, I decided to return to the subject , and perhaps the history of the ” dog tag ” is not over yet . The identity of this sign posted on their pages ” Glos Wielkopolski ” in 2003. Check out the gallery .

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    That may well be a lifelong task, but Mrs Powell says all her husband wanted, but could never find, was something quite simple.

    “He always said he wanted peace, peace of mind,” she said.

    “And that’s what he said in his note.”

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