Original German Set of Two WWII Era Kriegsmarine Identity Disc Dog Tags - Erkennungsmarke
Original Items: One Set of 2 Only. This is a very nice set of two WWII Era German Kriegsmarine Navy Erkennungsmarken (Identity discs or Dog Tags), which show the variety of different periods of issue during the War. Kriegsmarine dog tags are smaller than the usual Wehrmacht variety used by the Army and SS, and are usually made of different materials. They also often display the actual name of the owner, and the other information is much more basic than seen on army tags.
The first tag in the set is in great shape, and looks to be the early / pre-war brass plated type. It reads:
0 416 / 24 S
The Kriesgmarine codes are relatively simple, and this one means that Martiny was the 416th person to enlist in 1924, and S stands for Seemännisches Personal, or "seafaring staff", for general ship crews.
The second tag shows more wear, and is made of the later war Zinc, without any coating, so it shows more oxidation. This tag reads:
0. 11622 / 40 K
Rabenbauer was the 11622nd person to enlist or be drafted in 1940, and they were in the K or Küstendienst Land (Coastal Service) group, working as an artilleryman, driver or weapons specialist.
A great set of Kriegsmarine identity discs with lots of research potential. Ready to add to your collection!
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