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Dog tags

June 12th, 2014

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Dog tags 


Is a sign of identity of an individual having permit the identification of a fallen soldier. Their origin dates back to the American Civil War, but before the First World War forced their widespread use. In acceding to the war, the armies of some formations were not equipped. Use of new technical measures, the course of events, and a huge amount of dead hampered their identification and records buried. Began to equip soldiers dog tags. Those found accidentally not necessarily belong to the dead. They were in fact often escape during the fight and quarters. However, an important trace which left a great war. Here’s how it looked in the various armies fighting for our lands:




Dog Tags (not all) in the tsarist army took the form of a disc of Avg. about 45 mm, made of an alloy of copper and have a hole to thread the strap or cord. They were worn around the neck under his uniform (at times that special pokrowcach) kick on him no. company, the abbreviated name of the regiment or other formations and a personal no. under which a soldier was listed in the records. It happened that on the reverse side of the soldiers themselves nanosili your name. 182 and Infantry Regiment belonged to the 46 th Infantry Division 25 Corps Armijnym. In 1914, the focus in the area of Hrubieszowa. In July 1915, he fought in the area Dzierzkowice and official against the legions of the First Brigade.


ARMY Austro-Hungarian


Soldiers had ckarmii Dog Tags (Legitimationkapsel) in the form of a rectangular opening medallion of dimensions. 50 × 34 mm. The upper part of the damage were to thread a cord which was worn. They are also placed in covers made of the canvas or leather. Was placed inside a special card containing the name, date of birth, religion, and other identifying information.




German dog tags were very diverse in terms of shape. They were made mostly of sheet zinc. They had two holes for hanging on the neck. Patchy was also the content posted on it.



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Dog tags in the Polish Army…

June 11th, 2014

Years of the 50th


First introduced after the war had a square shape dog tag, he was not breaking down as military dog tags and pre-war. The lamina made of aluminum were deposited:   – The name and number of the company   – The name of the regiment   – The number of individual The shape of the dog tag was modeled on the Russian dog tags. This kind of Immortelle force probably until 70-80 years of last century.


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Years of the 70th


The next type of dog tag dog tags is a round, perforated serving to break.   Were made of stainless steel with a diameter of 35 mm and a thickness of 1 mm.   They carry the inscription “Armed Forces of the Polish People’s Republic.”   The only identification is a number consisting of seven digits knocked on both halves.   Each of the halves was knocked out 2 holes through which the rope przewlekało maid to wear a dog tag around his neck.


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Years of the 90th


The next type is the same dog tag shaped like dog tags from the communist period so that instead of “Armed Forces of the Polish People’s Republic” was the inscription “The Polish Armed Forces.” The only identification data was knocked out number on both halves of the dog tag.





The newest type of immortelle (probably introduced only at the mission in Afghanistan) is modeled on the U.S. Army dog tags. It consists of a ball chain and two stainless steel blades. The difference with the American consists in that: the chain is clearly thicker than the U.S., moreover, is only one (the chain is not easy for the second lamina); plaques themselves are somewhat more elongated shape, and have no bent as plaque Edge U.S.; Both blades are mounted on a “ogniwku” which after breaking Immortelle is soldered.

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