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Showing here the "Erkennungsmarke" once worn by Emil Kanzler - presumably father of Herbert Kanzler referenced in the small newspaper clipping from 1941 pictured in the referenced thread.

This ID tag was already broken into two pieces and looks to be of the type worn by German soldiers during WWII.  One can see that Emil Kanzler was born in Neudorf.Elbing in 1892.  He would have been 47 years old at the outbreak of WWII in 1939 and apparently served in Reserve Infantry Regiment 210 as a member of Machine-Gun Company 219.  He may also have served in the military during WWI, then being 22 years old in 1914.

I would appreciate confirmation as to whether this ID tag is WWI or WWII vintage.  As well, any and all additional information will be appreciated.

Thanks and regards,

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Not a dogtag specialist by any stretch but Neudorf was only part of Kreis Elbing until the creation of the Free City of Danzig in 1920. When things got reshuffled administratively after the German Invasion of 1939, the town became part of Reichsgau Danzig West-Preussen as a part of Kreis Großes Werder (as did all the areas situated west of Nogat River). Close to Elblag (Elbing) but not quite a part of it.

That, to me, points toward this piece being a WW1 tag.

Edited by Matthew Macleod

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Many thanks, Matt, for this information.  You sure do know your history!  Much appreciated.

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On 21/02/2019 at 18:50, John Burchell said:

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I would appreciate confirmation as to whether this ID tag is WWI or WWII vintage.  As well, any and all additional information will be appreciated.

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Hi John,

in my opinion the ID-tag (with name, birthdate, ...)  is from WWI.  For example:  1.WK Erkennungsmarken

The Unit (on the back) is the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 210: Res.-Inf.-Rgt. Nr. 210

Emil Kanzler was wounded in June 1918: Verlust- & Verwundeten-Liste

Best regards,

Jens

Edited by KIR

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8 minutes ago, Chris Boonzaier said:

I wonder what E-K.M.G. Abt is?

Ersatz K MG Abt.? What is the K ?

 

Ergänzungs Kompanie?

Regards
Andreas

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21 hours ago, Chris Boonzaier said:

I wonder what E-K.M.G. Abt is?

Ersatz K MG Abt.? What is the K ?

 

Hi Chris,

I think too: "Ersatz Kompanie MG-Abteilung I."

Gruß Jens

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