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The reverse. I think this one was a late war one because several letters in the maker mark are missing either wholey or in part. That indicates die deterioration.

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Wow Don, that's a new type that I have never seen before. Very nice! I suspect the initials are J.S.M or J.G.M. or J.G.N. Too hard to tell. I suppose we will not be able to match it up with the known Hersteller, because it is so different from anything else that we have seen. Is this one yours?


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The badge is definately in rough shape. I tend to believe it was a dirty die and because it looks so bad it was never issued. There is a backing plate under the paper. Here is another one by the same maker. Because it lacks the cloth I can see that the badge is hollow stamped.

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Recieved anothe Falkenburg & Richter today. Note the same sloppy trimming around the inside of the ammo belt. Whoever was assigned that task did a horrible job.

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... very nice - thank you for showing your MG-badges & pictures! :beer:

@dond: Hi, can you tell me the exact words of your Zink badge (Post#21):

STAHLMETALLW.FAB. ? ?MEYER?WILHELM? STUTTGART ((so fare I can read!?!) :rolleyes:

Thank you and best regards, :cheers:


... and some more info:

Mit Verf?gung vom 25. August 1916 wurden die MG-Scharfsch?tzentrupps (1 Offizier und 72 sp?ter 76 Mann) dann in Kompanien umgegliedert. Je drei Kompanien bildeten eine "MG-Scharfsch?tzenabteilung".

Mittels Allerh?chsten Befehls - des Kaisers - vom 8. Februar 1916 erhielten die Soldaten ein besonderes, auf dem linken Arm zu tragendes Abzeichen (siehe oben). Der Erla? des Kriegsministeriums dazu lautet:

"Die gem?? Erla? vom 25. 1. 1916 ... aufzustellenden Maschinengewehr-Scharfsch?tzentrupps tragen Infanterieuniform mit der Nummer des Trupps auf den Schulterklappen sowie auf den Helm?berz?gen und f?hren die Abzeichen (Schulterkn?pfe und S?beltroddel) einer ersten Kompanie. Das besondere Abzeichen f?r die Unteroffiziere und Mannschaften (metallenes Maschinengewehr auf einem ovalen St?ck feldgrauen Tuchs), das nur f?r die Dauer des Krieges genehmigt ist, wird auf dem linken ?rmel des Waffenrocks und Mantels in der Mitte zwischen ?rmelnaht und Ellenbogen, gleichweit von der vorderen und hinteren ?rmelnaht entfernt, aufgen?ht..."

Das Abzeichen bekamen nur die Leute, die den Maschiengewehr-Lehrkurs in D?beritz oder das Maschiengewehr-Ausbildungskommando Munster, Bitsch, Oberhofen oder Beberloo I besucht hatten.

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