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Article about: Gentleman, I have this "dog tag" in my collection. "Hoidal" says that it's a Wilna Stalag dog tag, but I doub that I think it's a kind of a key hanger or something like t

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    Gentleman,

    I have this "dog tag" in my collection.
    "Hoidal" says that it's a Wilna Stalag dog tag, but I doub that
    I think it's a kind of a key hanger or something like this.
    What's Your opinion on this item ?

    Bestreg,
    kindzjal
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    Schnaps
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    Hi,
    some percent of POW-dog tags made from unusual billets. It is normal.

    Photo of such d-tag

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    It's normal I know. I have seen a few differend unusual billets.

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    Yes that's true, but why all of those known "344 tags" have such a low number ?
    Here another example:
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    Schnaps
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    Hi,
    So the first "344 d-tags" have a triangular shape. for example standart billet and large number

    The photo from another forum

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    I do have some of those standart dog tags in my collection.

    Some sources say that Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf was opened in 1943 - Prior to this date, the camp was Stalag VIIIB . Closed on 03/45.

    Other sources are talking about Stalag 344 in Wilna. Opened on 01/42 and closed on 09/43.
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    Elwick
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    hi kindzjal,

    I know this is an old post - and a massively long shot, but do you by chance have the following Lamsdorf dogtag - 11416. This is the number of my Uncle, Stanley Nesfield who was in Lamsdorf. I notice from your photo that most begin wit hthe number '3'. My Uncle was captured 1940 at Dunkirk


    Peter

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    Sorry, I don't have that number...

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    I just obtained next two pieces:

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    After research and talks with other collectors we came to the conclusion that those tags belonged to the Wchbataillon dogs at the Lamsdorf Stalag.

    Bestreg,

    kindzjal

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    I've only ever seen one military dog tag and it specifically read "Wehrmachtshund' and was round- of course there could have been all kinds of styles; what specifically makes you think they're for dogs? With so many of these triangular pieces, I wouldn't have thought that particular identification to be too likely over simply equipment, etc. tags; if it were just the higher ones, it would suggest stock as surely they wouldn't have had 150 dogs over the short period you say the camp was open, but you have the extremely low number '7' as well- that would have been 'issued' and to survive, looking just the same as the others seems odd. I'd be surprised if these were just very atypical prisoner tags- maybe very early when there was no standard I could see it more, but not mid-war. I'd have thought them some sort of key or equipment identifier tags for lack of a better identification.
    Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...

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