Kuban Cossack ID Tag
Kuban Cossack ID Tag - in zinc, marked: 1.K.D. I. Abt./Kuban-Kos. R. R.3 24; ground dug example (found in Slovenia), poor/fair condition, rare. Footnote: While there were several smaller Cossack detachments in the Wehrmacht since 1941, the 1st Cossack Division made up of Don, Terek and Kuban Cossacks was formed in 1943. This division was further augmented by the 2nd Cossack Cavalry Division formed in December 1944. Both divisions participated in hostilities against Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia. In February 1945, both Cossack Divisions were transferred into the Waffen-SS and formed the XVth SS Cossack Cavalry Corps. At the end of the war, the Cossack collaborators retreated through Slovenia to Italy and surrendered to the British army, but, under the Yalta agreement, were forcibly repatriated with the rest of the collaborators to the Soviet authorities and some executed. Many Cossacks perished in Slovenia fighting Tito's Partisans.