For the last several months, I’ve decided that I would like to collect a part of WWII history. But what?? The what alluded me to the point of insanity.

With no real direction other than “I’ll know it when I see it…” I scoured eBay for the “perfect” artifact. I know what I “Really” wanted… I “Really” wanted a Military watch. But… that’s what everyone wants and it’s a hefty price tag… a whopping $500.00 a piece for a watch that had no guarantee of actually working and not the real watch band. So… do I really want to get a watch that may/may not be a part of WWII (as there isn’t proof) and is stoopid expensive?


So, I’m wandering around eBay and I find it. The one thing that has started an obsession… I must have many now… What are they?

Dog Tags. I know. Yes. They do. More than a few people. I’m not sure if it’s weird or cool.

They are the 100% assurance that they were in WWII. They are not going to fall apart.

Well, the early Russian one’s were little tubes with a piece of paper rolled up in them, but they didn’t work out so well so they switched to a more traditional dog tag.

Early WWII Russian Dog Tag

The first one I found was a German Dog Tag from Stalingrad. Now, I’m highly fascinated with Stalingrad. Right now I’m reading a book on Stalingrad and how the Germans screwed it up… So, I ordered it.

German Dog Tag from the battle of Stalingrad

Then, I found a private collector in the UK and ordered a rare German RAD battalion (Motorcycle Battalion) and ordered that one.. AND then, I found a Russian Dog Tag and got that one…

German Motorcycle Battalion Dog Tag

Late Russian Dog Tag

So now that I’m obsessed, I’ve set rules. If I want a Dog Tag, and they run about $50.00, I can only purchase one a pay period.

Now, I can do my thing and have a good time doing it. I can afford to have more than just one and I can have a “collection”.  I’m starting to learn about Patina and how to determine if it’s been underground… The metal Russian directly above has been underground… the rust gives it away…

Anyway… now you KNOW I’m goofy…


© ‘Fizz’ 2009


About Fizz

*I'm a Northern Girl livin' in the South. *I graduated with a BS in Geophysics from Michigan Technological University (MTU). *I have critters: 2 dogs & 1 cat. *I love thunder and rain days. Too much sunshine gets on my nerves. (How I survive in Texas I do not know!) *I'm trying to remove swearing from my vocabulary (Good Luck!). *I'm the last single in my group of friends. The rest of the turn coats got married. *Sadly, the above friends are now procreating. Now the world will have yet more strange and twisted individuals that will have to go to an Engineering School to survive. *Yoopers do exist. Look on a map. *Marvin the Martian and I have a lot in common. We're both cranky when crossed and generally like our own way. *I will never be a model! (Thank god, that starvation stuff has GOT to be painful!!!). *I am not Fat! (Even though that little voice behind my right ear might tell me that every single day). *I am normal. Whatever that means! *Yes, you can be smart and not be a geek. *I've been told I'm not boring. We'll see. *Much to my irritation, I have been described as Eccentric. *I cannot spell! *Being Single is a frame of mind. *Who said life was fair?
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15 Responses to Obsession…

  1. ♬ŠŨŇ says:

    Interesting Fizz, it’s good to have a past time but don’t bankrupt yourself on dog tags, ha ha…………… Enjoy hon.


  2. Babblelot says:

    Gee I’ve heard of a collection and I’ve heard of investment. Have fun collecting and hope the collection will be worth millions in the future! I have a rock collection. Actually two rocks. One looks like a potato and the other a half of one. Call me goofy eh?


  3. john says:

    collectin goofy,,,,,goofy good stuff to collect…..personally ….me likes pictures of franklin…..collecting leads ot uncovering history. Mine was RR stuff for a time…still have some.


  4. Rambling says:

    I love WW 2 stuff too. So..great minds. I never did think of dogtags though. I like your obscession.


  5. Grandpa Dewey says:

    Goofy? No! It will keep the mind/mine working which is good. Lots of luck.


  6. Cindy says:

    Cool thing to collect. I’ve been in lots of antique stores and can’t say I’ve ever seen any…but I’ll keep my eye open for you. Hope you don’t get paid weekly. lol


  7. Beth says:

    This will be quite a collection. I like the thought of it.


  8. Patty says:

    great Idea and should be so interesting to all that history…I have a WW1 uniform jacket it was my father in law’s. One day my grand kids tried it on and thought that was so cool…Nikki took it to school for her history class..I think she got an A lol lol enjoy you new passion and I will be coming by to see how it is progress…have fun


  9. Rita says:

    I think its a good thing to collect. I have some of my fathers pins he wore on his uniform. His medals and dog tags…I have no idea where they went.


  10. Rita says:

    I like the ones you collect so far! Really cool!


  11. Charlotte M Simonsen says:

    What rare finds and very interesting history. lottemae


  12. Ann says:

    You’ve made a good choice. Reasonable price, not big.


  13. Sherry says:

    What an intersting collection! That would be fascinating to google their names and see what comes up.


  14. R U Serious says:

    You should meet my Uncle. He was at Omaha Beach and brought back German, Russian and Italian artifacts. Unfortunitly, he doesn’t have a computer and is 90% deaf.I know it was dumb for me to shave my tongue but I was young and foolish.Have a nice, short weekBob~


  15. Rambling says:

    Datona Sunset Orange actually. I went to their site as you mentioned. Atomic Orange is…orange. The Datona Snset is what I saw. Man, the pictures don’t do it justice.


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