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  1. Thanks Tony, Yes I periodically step into the kaiserbunker as it is an excellent general source on the very many things I know nowt about - I am a WW1 German bayonet collector really! Could be a 'WS' - but I have no idea as to which way they stamped the things! I was reading from outside in but I guess it could be from inside out?
  2. Photo 3: They are pretty certainly M.69 Werder bayonets introduced 1869, not 1868 (!), and look to be the original unaltered version with the full quillon and round finial at the end, and so not adapted to the M.69 aptiert specification of December 1975. Note also that Werder bayonets were still around in Bavarian stocks in 1914, although clearly this photograph is not that late! Trajan
  3. Thanks. I had imagined as such - especially as he is not even an EK or Wound Badge wearer!
  4. Hi everyone, A long shot but I have had this photograph of a man with the Deutsche Schutzdivision freikorps (January 1919- June 1920) for some time. Nothing written on it, and apart from the fact he has two cockades on his hat and is holding a Gew.98, nothing else to say really - unless somebody has an idea who he might be? Trajan
  5. Hi Demir, would like a copy of your Harp Madalyasis book!

  6. I don't think the Reichsheer used those collar tabs... Police is certainly possible though, given that 'dress/parade' helmet
  7. Carter doesn't do so. He includes them in his vol 4, IIRC. Josh, VERY well spotted! But a minor correction - they were made for the 1914 version of the MS rifle; the MS 1903 rifle had the short knife bayonet. And for those who don't know very much about this particular 'Greek/German' bayonet, they were ordered by Greece from Steyr, but none had yet been delivered when August 1914 came along, and as Greece would not commit to the Central Powers, they were instead sent to Simson to be converted to fit the Gew.98. BUT specifically for the Bavarian army, as they had lots of Gew.98 but were so short of S,98 for these that they were busy from early August converting their Werder 1869 bayonets to fit that rifle... Julian
  8. And I am certain many other others will be happy to have this BB&Co matter sorted out - I have one of those! Trajan
  9. Thanks! I knew there would be a simple answer, nd it would be something along these lines, so glad to have it spelled out. These epaulettes never appear in Turkey and so I have never really looked into them. Trajan
  10. This is my favourite pick and here is my favourite pickelhaube (well, a Kaiserhelm really)!
  11. Chip, Would you explain your reasoning please for those of us not well versed in these matters? That is to say, why bayr.6.Feld Artillerie Regiment?
  12. A Bayerisches Artillerie-Seitengewehr M.1892 A very nice Bayerisches Artillerie-Seitengewehr M.1892! Don't know about finding a scabbard for it but some (not all) had the Bavarian frog staple for a strap-and-buckle scabbard fastening and two loop belt hanger (as with the French bayonets of the time) rather than a frog stud. As I understand it, the marking is the Bavarian pre-1910 style for the 9.Feldartllerie-Regiment Rekruten Depot der 2 Ersatz-Batterie, Waffe 10. If I am wrong somebody will correct me! Trajan
  13. Many of the 'dress' Seitengewehr did not fit onto rifles - some don't have mortice slots, or mortice slots that are too short or narrow, or non-functioning press-studs and catch systems. What sort is the top example of yours? If it has a mortice slot, does it have a piece of coloured felt in it? The second is a very nice example of the short KS made as a 'dress' weapon. There is an excellent example of one of these with an applied (metal) monogram of Wilhem II on the grip illustrated in Nolle and Carter, Deutsche Seitengewehre und Bajonette, no. 221 on p.93, and I know of others - a friend in the UK has one. I have seen a photograph of one of the Central European minor princes or somebody like that who is wearing one of these - but can't remember where right now! Trajan
  14. There is the excellent if pricey set of contemporary B+W photographs arranged by unit of WW1 uniforms by J.Sommers: The Imperial German Armies in Field Grey Seen Through Period Photographs, 1907-1918: Volume I - Uniforms, Headgear, Weapons, Gas Warfare, Telephone and Communications Equipment; Volume 2 - Infantry, Jager, Schutzen, Radfahrer, Mountain Troops and Machine Gunners; Volume 3, Cavalry, Artillery, Pioneers, Transport, Train, Medical, Miscellaneous Formations
  15. I couldn't find him on the Kriegsgräbersuche so perhaps he has no known grave... There is a German subscription site via Ancestry with details of men who were in the Leib-regiment which might have more details - http://www.ancestry.de/cs/de/bayern-erster-weltkrieg-geschichte
  16. Ah, 'my bad' as you guys say... Yes, an 'R' - I was looking at the wrong photograph! OK, so it's both a sloppy and an unofficial-style marking, but I have seen worse...! And a first for me in being the first one of these EB 01 I have seen marked to a Baden-based unit - not that I claim to have to most comprehensive listing of unit-marked weapons! Trajan
  17. I like the fixable knife but I don't like the marking - sorry! I am no expert but all the DEMAG ones I have seen are marked in the usual German fashion, that is horizontally to the mouth of the scabbard, not vertically. Also, the lettering and numbers used here are all the wrong size and the marking itself is not the regular official format. And what is the marking supposed to mean? If the "B" is for Bavaria, then there was no 8th Bavarian Jaeger unit, apart from which this would also be the first ever known example of an EB 01 in Bavarian service - the majority of unit-marked ones are for Saxon units. Sorry to be a downer... Yes, it could be an irregular unofficial marking, but to what unit? Trajan
  18. In theory, as the Frister stamp is on the left side of the bayonet, then they made the blade. and as the Henckels is on the right side, they finished the bayonet.
  19. Well, I was wrong on that one - Bavarian and Saxon ones dated after 1916 still have the respective King's monograms...
  20. Thanks for the information. Uni. term has started and so I don't know when and if I can get any further with this man - but I'll keep you posted! Trajan
  21. Thanks for that information! So, over 6,000 unit markings? That's a fair few! Perhaps at some point we ought to swap details! I have the S.14 book and have greatly enjoyed it, thanks. Trajan
  22. Somewhat off-topic, but the Roman army used thin sheets of wood (not bark, though) for official records and soldiers used them for private correspondence... Nothing new under the sun!
  23. Just to add for starters that it would be nice to know what spine mark and maker mark you have there? I would guess W/16, and the maker 'DEUTSCHE MASCHINENFABRIK' - but they did not always date their blades... Any marks on the scabbard finial? These are sometimes found on S.84/98 scabbards. My money would go on 1.P.S.35, using a reversed 2 for the S, and so Pionier Battl. 1, 2 Schweinwurferzug, Waffe 35 - but that's only because the field pioneers were normally equipped with the S.98/05 and a kife-bayonet would be of more use to a searchlight crew. As for the uneven-sized marks, I have an 84/98 n.A marked 'FLZ 1036', and the style and size matches what you have. Some of the early-war period unit-markings did not always match what the regulations demanded...
  24. The 'lanyard' is a Schützenabzeichnung, indicating he is a sharpshooter. I think the one acorn on the end indicates 1st level.
  25. The Deutsche Schutz-Division had something similar, a sword against a oak-leaf wreath. It was very short-lived, so this could be a commorative pin made after they were formed into the Reichswehr Brigade 25 in 1920?