Found this What is it?

Discussion in 'Germany' started by hartmannmel, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. hartmannmel

    hartmannmel Junior Member

    I am by no means a history buff so any help i can recieve from here will be greatly appreciated. I have come across something in my grandmothers possesions and I am curious to find out what it is I have. I am not sure where it came from but hopefully you guys can help me.

    It appears to be part of a medal. As some reasearch has shown me German Ace pilot, Erich Hartmann had a total of 352 kills, that is the number on the back of this. So here is my dilema, what is this?

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    Thank You
  2. MeaganK777

    MeaganK777 Junior Member

    I'm not really an expert, but perhaps the 352 refers to the 352 Infantry Division?
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Mail tag?
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Mail tag?

    Looks exactly like a key tag for a postbox key in use today ....minus the luftwaffe eagle of course.
  5. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    Looks like a lamp house tag, you left your tag and took a lamp, they then knew who was underground, German run coal mine.
    attached is a German bin man tag, looks like it came from the same stamping/mould

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  6. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Good match Lofty.
    It looks to me like a typical 'tally' as would be used my a miner or similar occupation where 'numbers in' and 'numbers out' need to be checked.
    I had a tally number when I worked at some prisons a few years ago. You take the tally from one board and hook it onto an 'on site' board when you enter, and reverse it when you leave.
    The Luftwaffe crest should make it easier to identify. Any equivalent RAF system?
  7. hartmannmel

    hartmannmel Junior Member

    Thanks for all the info. have been curious about it for a long time. I know my grandpa enlisted for us in 1941 and I am not sure about my step- grandpa
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I'm still leaning towards a tag for a Feldpost sack. Seems mildly familiar.
    Luftwaffe eagle - don't know if they had a separate system, maybe even airmail.

    Pure speculation, but doubtless someone will potter along that recognises such things.
  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I think Adam may be on the right track as I believe a Mine token would not have a Luftwaffe eagle embossed, but the name of the Pit.

  10. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  11. hartmannmel

    hartmannmel Junior Member

    Mine is not quite that big about the size of a quarter mabe smaller. I do really appreciate all the feedback, regardless of what it is, it is a piece of history and I am glad to own it.

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