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Ed Watson

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  1. Thank you Peter for your thoughts, the front -strap may very well be a weapon number, however, the numeral 3 looks to possibly be double stamped which is confusing me. Trooper D, yes the rampant horse is a Colt trademark, and depending on it s location of the slide indicates the time period. Thanks to both of you, I invite any further opinions or comments. Ed Watson
  2. This particular pistol is unaltered and in the original .455 Calibre complete with all the correct British Milatary Proofs. According to Joe Poyner in his book "The Model 1911 and Model 1911A1 Military and Commercial Pistols", this pistol serial number W106,208 was produced under contract by Colt and shipped to British sometime in 1918. I am searching for any relevant historical information concerning the use of this type pistol, and also opinions about the markings on the front strap. You will note from several photos that the front strap of this pistol bears several marks. These I have been unable to clearly identify. It is possible that this is simply a weapon number, but it may also possibly be some type of unit marking used during WW 1. Any further information or thoughts on these marks or weapon use would be appreciated.
  3. Many thanks to both Bayern and dksck for this information......It will allow me to continue my research into this artifact. Ed Watson
  4. help with translation on sword tang

    Gordon, I am a newbee to this forum, but have had a bit of experience with Japanese Swords. The best place to gain translation of a tang on a Japanese Sword is to post it to the Assistance Section of this website http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/.. These folks are reliable and it is free. Hope this helps Ed Watson
  5. Thank You Andy........This information helps me tremendously and of course gives more importance to my antique Luger. Ed Watson
  6. Thank You John and Bayern , unfortunately I do not read German, However, I will search for the information now that you have pointed me in the correct direction.....My many Thanks Ed Watson
  7. I have a 1917 DWM Artillery luger with Unit Markings at the rear above the lanyard which reads " M.W.A.J.R.186 Nr 17" translated to Minenwerfer Abteilung of Infantry Regiment 186, weapon number 17. I am in search of any information containing this unit and their battle record or engagements in WW1. This post was also under The Great War 1914-1918 and member Bayern has informed me that "The 8th of October 1918 the IR 186 received his own Minenwerfer Company formed with elements detached from MW Kompagnie N56. The Regiment was created in the year 1915. near Roye France" Any further information or photos of this unit would be appreciated. Thank You.
  8. Thank you Bayern for this information. Given that the Minenwerfer Company was formed when you indicated, I was hoping to learn more about this unit's brief history, and any record of IR 186 with enemy engagements before the end of the war. Is there any further information you can give me about this unit? (photos, or location of IR 186 at that time period) Thanks Ed Watson
  9. I have a 1917 DWM Artillery luger with Unit Markings at the rear above the lanyard which reads " M.W.A.J.R.186 Nr 17" translated to Minenwerfer Abteilung of Infantry Regiment 186, weapon number 17. I am in search of any information containing this unit and their battle record or engagements in WW1. I information I have found so far leads me to believe the MWAs may have been a component of the assault troop formation providing rapid, close support to an advancing assault formation. But that is all I have found. Any relative information would be appreciated
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