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WW1 Imperial German 137th (2nd Lower Alsatian) Infantry Dog Tag Erkennungsmarken
Item #: VF3673
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Roughly 70mm long by 55mm wide, stamped zinc ID tag. Two holes to top section for securing cord. The tag is identified as from Karl Wagner of Dotzheim Obergasse born 13.10.89 of the 137th (2nd Lower Alsatian) Infantry. Shows light surface scratches.
Evaluations of German/Prussian losses in battles during the Austro-Prussian war of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871 resulted in the discovery that many of the dead were unidentifiable, which led to the introduction of the first military identification, (dog), tags into the Prussian army in 1878. The original 1878 pattern dog tags remained in usage until a second, larger pattern with more information was introduced in July 1915.