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WWII GERMAN POW DOGTAGS ISSUED TO AMERICANS


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Kurt - did the number stay the same regardless of the camp?  He was initially in 3B and received his number, then transferred to 12A? Or was that a satellite camp of 3B?  Has always been a bit confusing to me. I assumed the number was issued per-camp, but since guys moved around maybe they kept their originally issued number? 

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Hi Austin 

 

Generally the same number was kept even when they moved around. There are some exceptions. I know they issued 2 numbers to some early war POWs that moved

 

In the case above he was in 12A first and transferred to 3B. 12A was a transit camp new captures ( ground guys) were taken to, processed, and then transferred to a final camp.  If an airman it was Dulag Luft. 

 

Kurt

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This tag was on EBay , and I have never seen another Oflag XXIB tag from an American .  The camp later became Oflag 64.
 

He was initially held in Oflag  XXIB and then transferred to Luft 3. 
 

 

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LuftStalg1
2 hours ago, WEAVER45 said:

What material is a WWII German POW tag Made of ?   Does a Magnet stick to it?

Typically the early ones are steel, and the magnet will stick to them, and as the war progressed the later ones are zinc based and a magnet will not stick to them.

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15 hours ago, WEAVER45 said:

What material is a WWII German POW tag Made of ?   Does a Magnet stick to it?

 

It can also depend on the camp. As an example Stalag VIIA had zinc dogtags early in the war and moved to pressed steel tags late in the war. Stalag Luft 3 did the same thing. 

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2 hours ago, KASTAUFFER said:

 

It can also depend on the camp. As an example Stalag VIIA had zinc dogtags early in the war and moved to pressed steel tags late in the war. Stalag Luft 3 did the same thing. 

Thanks Kurt!

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Does anyone have a recommendation on how to connect a p o w number to a name for camp Stalag 4B. I found a few records on ancestry.com but didn't know if there were more of them.

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KASTAUFFER
2 hours ago, WEAVER45 said:

Does anyone have a recommendation on how to connect a p o w number to a name for camp Stalag 4B. I found a few records on ancestry.com but didn't know if there were more of them.

For stalag 4B , the ancestry records are the only ones that I know of. They are hard to use, because you have to scan through all the entries to try and find the number.

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KASTAUFFER

Also, a very large percentage of 4B tags are for soldiers captured during the battle of the bulge. Many 106th Div soldiers. 
 

I have about four tags for that camp I am currently trying to figure out myself.

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