Worn by PFC Thomas Lyle, 590th FA Battalion.
PFC Thomas L. Lyle of Zanesville, WI, a member of the 590th Field Artillery Bn of the 106t h Infantry Division was taken prisoner on Dec. 21, 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge. He was imprisoned in Stalag IV-B one of Germany’s largest POW camps. He was freed in May of 1945.
The tag is thin steel and stamped with the stalag number and Lyle’s prison number on both sides. The tags were made to break easily if a german soldier or POW died; one half of the tag would remain with the body, the other taken for record purposes.
The steel shows use, some rust but overall very good condition. A hard to find item with great historical association with one of the best known battles of WWII.
The number was determined via records from the National Archives of which copies are included with this tag.
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