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Identification help-bayonet

Article about: My father was given this bayonet in the 80's when visiting relatives in Poland. I would appreciate any input or directions for further research. Thanks.

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    My father was given this bayonet in the 80's when visiting relatives in Poland.
    I would appreciate any input or directions for further research.
    Thanks.
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    Last edited by Simon2; 12-01-2011 at 12:59 AM. Reason: more info

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    French Lebel World War 1 Bayonet.

    Eric
    [h=3]e plu·ri·bus u·num[/h]

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    Quote by Eric Zentner View Post
    French Lebel World War 1 Bayonet.

    Eric
    I do believe you`re right old chap.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Eric, you are correct. I think the blue paint might be a more recent
    addition from sometime after it was in use though.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Eric, you are correct. I think the blue paint might be a more recent
    addition from sometime after it was in use though.........
    Maybe not though.. it could be 'Horizon Blue' paint as was applied to the 1915 Steel Helmet perhaps? It looks the right colour, though I've never seen it applied to a bayonet before.

    Rob
    Last edited by Battery Command Post; 12-01-2011 at 03:31 AM.

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    I thought about it being period Horizon Blue as well, though I've never
    seen it on a bayonet before either.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Hello
    after WW1, about 600000 Lebel bayonet were sold to Poland
    do you have a stamp like this ?

    cordially
    Didier

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    Many possible routes for a Lebel bayo to find it's way to Poland including German captured French stocks from WW1 or 2-the bayo also fits the Mannlicher Berthier long rifles as well as the original Lebel type.

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    I checked again, no markings of any sort that I can see. Thanks for the tip.

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    Thanks for all the responses. Unfortunately I do not have any history of the bayonet other than family kept it hidden until given to my father.
    Great resource thread--appreciate it!

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