How this paratrooper got his trench knife back after 70 years
Posted 17 November 2018 - 02:38 AM
Posted 17 November 2018 - 04:42 AM
Oh, thanks for sharing! Such a cool story!
The Dad of a family we grew up around the corner from (and have been best friends with since we moved to Ohio) is from Holland. Actually from Arnhem. He was a little shaver when Market Garden happened, but remembered standing in the front door with his Grampa watching the Allied planes which blackened the sky.
Posted 08 February 2019 - 08:14 PM
Hello. I am no expert on blades. but it appears in the photo of the ex paratrooper that he is holding a German bayonet, which were produced
without muzzle rings, in a fiberglass OD scabbard of a length that might accommodate a bayonet. GI trench knives M 3. had blades that
were shorter than bayonet blades, and were originally issued with leather scabbards. Newspaper error ?
Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:23 AM
Agree with retread. A German bayonet.
Yep a Mauser bayonet mismatched to his scabbard. Those hash marks on the grip are a sure sign it's German:
Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:56 AM
Well, how is this for a scenario ? Reporter takes multiple photos of the vet holding different relics. Snaps one of the GI holding a TR blade. Vet obliges, pics get printed w/o
verification Did the vet his knife back? or did he think that was it ??? Food for thought
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