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Meuse Argonne Springfield found in river

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    I found this US springfield in Meuse Argonne at the village of Romagne-sous-montfaucon.I was in the river trying to find stuff with my stick.lucky day ,my friend had it clean up for me and put some product to keep the wood good.The rifle was in the mood that is why the wood is still in good condition.I think this was a capture rifle because the stock is broken of .
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    Pity about the broken stock, but none the less a very interesting piece, and in really good condition too for a relic

    Thanks for showing

    Danny

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    Does look like a captured weapon. The stock being hacked off is one clue, the bolt being missing the other.

    Nice find

    Steve T

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    Hi cricketchris1944
    What a lovely find, it was probably swung against a tree which broke the stock before being chucked into the river. Its rare to have the woodwork remaining.
    If only it could talk!!!
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    That is actually a Model 1917 Enfield.

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    Quote by zimm303 View Post
    That is actually a Model 1917 Enfield.
    Thank you for the info.

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    Quote by zimm303 View Post
    That is actually a Model 1917 Enfield.
    Good spot. The model 1917 was issued in small numbers to rear echelon troops during the Normandy campaign. They were also used by American artillerymen and mortar men in the North African campaign.

    Cheers, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Good spot. The model 1917 was issued in small numbers to rear echelon troops during the Normandy campaign. They were also used by American artillerymen and mortar men in the North African campaign.

    Cheers, Ned.
    Good info ,did not know that.

    Thank you
    Chris

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    Quote by zimm303 View Post
    That is actually a Model 1917 Enfield.
    Damn, i honestly thought when i first looked at the picture that it was a Model 1917 but I said nothing incase I was wrong and looked like an idiot Well, well done to the guys who know their weapons and their history more tha me and I'll keep learning

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Looking at Steve M's post on the American casualty of the battle of Meuse Argonne in 1918, i guess there's a good chance it could date from then as well as WW2!

    Cheers, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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