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#1 509thPIB

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 02:38 AM

How this paratrooper got his trench knife back after 70 years

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#2 stratasfan

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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. 



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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 ?



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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:03 AM

Agree with retread.  A German bayonet.

 

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:23 AM



Agree with retread.  A German bayonet.

 

Steve

 

Yep a Mauser bayonet mismatched to his scabbard. Those hash marks on the grip are a sure sign it's German:

 

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#6 retread12345

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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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