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French Bayonet INFO please

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    Hello from not so sunny Norway
    I just returned home from a Sunday Markets with 2 new Bayonets for the Collection , I know they are French WW1 models but I don't know much about the type.
    Was wondering if anyone could help me with a little more info on them.

    I also picked up 2 K98s, 1 without a sheath but both are Berg N Co stamped, if anyone has a spare sheath they would like to get rid of and a few frogs please PM me.
    Cheers
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    You are correct they are French ww1 they are called the Lebel quite common but still a cool bayonet

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    Silver alloy handle is an M1886 with hooked quillon, the other is an M1886/93/16 with a brass handle, no hook-both fit on the Lebel M1886 rifle and the later Berthier M1907/15 long infantry rifles. The bayonet was nicknamed 'Rosalie' by the Poilus (French soldiers).

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    Thanks for the Info guys, French WW1 isn't usually my area of collecting but its good to branch out every now and again.
    Many thanks

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    Second one of french type is a M1886/15 mainly for Berthier rifles. The one of the Berg and Co are probably rework as with new serials added, the blade was sharpened.

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    Correct on the K98, I picked it up in Norway. So it was more than likely passed in to the Norwegian Army arsenal at some stage or another after the war.

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    Nice haul - I love picking up the K98 bayonets - it has become something of an addiction for me, lol.

    Pit.

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    Nice bayonets.

    In case you have not already discovered it, this is a good site for bayonet information:

    bajonet.be

    Regards

    Martin
    "You will never know the whole truth" ~ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

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