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German Bayonets and USA fighting Knife

Article about: German Bayonets and USA fighting knife from local Veterans family.... 3 SG24s, 2 dot42 and dot43, asw44 84/98III, German Fire Police Dress Bayonet and USA fighting knife......BILL

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    I bid on a Waterman recently.
    They are a valid WWII utility knife and has a spot in any WWII knife collection, but supposedly they were not made to a very high standard as compared to other knives from that period (well, no WWII knife - my favourite the Cattaraugus 225Q included - have steel quality comparable to moden knives of course).
    I mean no offence and your knife looks to be in fine shape.

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    Bruno, unfortunately from the photos, is hard to see which of the type those three belong, "VZ" Czechoslovakia bayonet, or Germany DOT bayonet.
    One bayonet frog original Czech, another is Czech reworked by Germany, and Germany origina bayonet frog.l

    When the Germans in 1939 had torn Czechoslovakia part, some of Czechoslovakia VZ24 bayonet are reworked - Germany army cut off the muzzle ring, and they underwent with Germany Bluing process.
    This are original Czechoslovakia bayonets, reworked by Germany side.

    German DOT bayonet is starting to produce since 1942, due to the growing needs of the German military, and they WW2 allies.
    (WW2 Croatia - NDH has received a large amount of DOT bayonets as German aid, in the later stages of the WW2, as Czechoslovakia original VZ bayonet processed and unprocessed, in previous years also as aid)
    These German "DOT" bayonets were made ​in the beginning without muzzle rig, and were "fell" in to German military control and marking- and no doubt, they are bayonet Germany, not Czechoslovakian.

    Regards
    Vedran

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    Bill already described it in first mail, 3 dots - 2x 42 and one 43, so no doubt these are german contract in Waffenwerke Bruenn, which was a "limited" company in the period.They were declared as S24(t) so the design remains czechoslovak but there are german upgrades and was ordered by german army. The frog determine without backside stamping is probably hard, could be czechoslovak but could be austria too.

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