Maker: E. Pack
Pattern: Nr.11 Neutral
Product Description: This E Pack Etched Officers Bayonet is gorgeous. The etched blade retains all of the original plating, with bright original luster. The crisp, desirable etching is of the type described in the Pack catalog as “”Neutral Nr. 11.” It features the wording “Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit beim Art.-Rgt. 60” (In memory of my service time in Artillery Regiment 60) in Gothic lettering, flanked by foliage ornamentation. This unit was part of the 24. Infantry Division, which had a distinguished wartime history fighting in Poland and France, in Operation Barbarossa, at Kiev, on the Crimea, in Leningrad and eventually in Courland. There is no maker mark on the blade, though this is undoubtedly an E. Pack product. The blade has a thick leather buffer pad. The handle on this one is nice, with great grip plates that feature the iconic large E. Pack rivets. There is some light freckling to the original plating on the handle. This E Pack etched officers bayonet is complete with its original scabbard, which retains most of the original paint. There is light freckling to the scabbard that exposes the steel. This desirable bayonet is complete with a deluxe type, private purchase patent leather frog. The frog has flocking on the reverse, a feature designed to prevent wear to the uniform. There is a nail hole near the frogs loop, from where a previous owner (perhaps the veteran who brought it back) hung it on display long ago. This is a choice piece, in excellent condition.
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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