Product Description: We were just sent this lovely Army Dress Bayonet by P.D. Luneschloss directly from the veteran’s son who brought it back from Germany during WWII. The veteran’s son sent us not only this fantastic Army Dress Bayonet but also a very nice Heer Dagger, German Compass and documents from his father’s service. We have attached in the photo section his Army separation record, photo and DD-214 Honorable Discharge. A copy of these three records will be included in the sale of the Army Dress Bayonet by P.D. Luneschloss. Of intriguing note, the veteran, Master Sergeant Walter Lubran, was German born and learned the English language at boarding school in Dresden. He was assigned as a Intelligence NCO attached to combat units. He was an interpreter questioning prisoners of war to obtain military information. He also did counter intelligence work in Czechoslovakia. M/Sgt Lubran received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars and World War II Victory Medal.
This is an extremely clean and is in excellent plus condition Army Dress Bayonet. The blade on this is fantastic, and retains nearly all of the original plating with no plating loss or wear. The reverse of the blade has a crisply etched maker mark with the commercial type manufacturer logo of P.D. Luneschloss. The scabbard has it original luster with 99% of its original paint. The Eagle head pommel is bright and crispy with no damage. It still has its red felt bayonet lug pad in place! The grip plates are pristine, The original pebbled leather buffer pad remains intact and all of the fittings are tight, with no indication this has ever been disassembled. The scabbard is a perfect match to the dagger, and slides freely in and out of the scabbard. This handsome Army Dress Bayonet is a nice addition to anyone’s collection. Coming directly from the veteran’s family is a bonus and the history should be cherished.
Historical Description: The bayonet was an important part of the combat equipment of the German soldier in both World Wars. The first pattern of German combat bayonet was the Mauser model 1898 which had a long, slender blade. As a result of experiences in combat use in WWI, it was soon decided to shorten the blades on these weapons. This 1898 pattern bayonet was used early in WWI alongside the 1898/05 and the S84/98 bayonets, which were initially shorter, and stronger, than the unmodified 1898 type. Both of these types were made with and without a saw-backed blade. Due to the challenges faced by German industry and the shortages of raw materials, a variety of “Ersatz” (replacement) types were introduced during WWI. After the war, the S84/98 bayonet became standard issue in the Reichswehr and later, in the Wehrmacht, for troops armed with the K98 rifle (the standard WWII German infantry weapon). The bayonets made for issue with the K98 rifle initially had wooden grips. Later, some bayonets were made with Bakelite grips. The bayonets were worn on the belt by means of a leather frog, of which there were a number of prewar and wartime variations including a short bayonet frog for use with the folding shovel, and a webbing frog for tropical use. In 1942, a new model of bayonet was introduced, knows as the SG42. This was a very modernized bayonet, with a comfortable Bakelite grip, and a relatively short blade that made it ideal for use either as a bayonet or a fighting knife. Within the grip was a removable multi-tool insert with a folding knife/bottle opener, awl and screwdriver. Although the SG42 was proposed as a replacement for the S84/98, few were manufactured. German combat bayonets were made in countless variations and all are very collectible today, with some rare variants being very avidly sought-after.
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