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Battle Damaged Hebel pattern flare pistol

Article about: by AMTG Ummm this is one of those classic times wher the question" we're you there" is appropriate Wrong again. Read my post above slowly (joke!). For some reason you are now imply

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    Couldn't find the battle damage tread , you can move this if you like . I guess you could say this flare gun has a good side and a bad side . Looks like it could have been in a belt or holster when it was hit by shell fragments . Hope you like it
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    It is in better condition than mine, despite the shrapnel splatter ! I have always had a soft spot for these...heres mine....
    Prost ! Steve.
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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Maybe the poor bugger was holding it at the time...there's no damage around the pistol grip.... I'd expect to see more damage in that area if it were in a holster!!

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    All I can say is that it was a bad day for its owner . It is a great piece , has that been there feeling too it . And is a scary example of what shrapnel can do . Thanks for the replies ,Cheers Chris

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    Hi Chris,
    nice pistol as said looks like someone was holding it at the time of impact, thanks for showing it.
    Dave.

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    Nope, a fragile human hand dont stop grenade splinters or bullets.
    I like that flare gun - from both sides.
    Very good looking with that long barrel.

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    IMO the 1894 flare gun is by far the best looking german flare gun.
    I could just as easily have been placed in the WWII section, as this flare gun was used through to the end of WWII. A testimony to how well it worked.
    If it sustained the pockmarked damage in WWII, it will of course not be shrapnel damage, as there was no shrapnel in that conflict.
    As for flare guns of other nations, I quite like the Italian M1910 flare gun though it has a shorter barrel.
    My absolute favourite flare gun is the stunningly beautiful Remington Mrk III Signal Pistol. It was produced during WWI but never used in Europe, as the US adopted a European flare gun. So it is seldom seen in Europe.

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    I've seen someone's hand stop grenade shrapnel going into his body!!!


    A young digger had two grenade in one of his basic pouches, and the NCO was walking next to him escorting him to the grenade range, one of the grenades detonated, the digger was killed and the NCO had shrapnel in his leg, his hand stopped some from entering his hip and pelvis and his arm was in just the right position to stop it from entering his chest.....strange things happen!!!

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    I've seen someone's hand stop grenade shrapnel going into his body!!!


    A young digger had two grenade in one of his basic pouches, and the NCO was walking next to him escorting him to the grenade range, one of the grenades detonated, the digger was killed and the NCO had shrapnel in his leg, his hand stopped some from entering his hip and pelvis and his arm was in just the right position to stop it from entering his chest.....strange things happen!!!
    No, you havent.
    Im a 100% sure it wasnt shrapnel as that wasnt around when you served.
    As mentioned above, shrapnel wasnt even on the menu for WWII.
    Further more you are talking about fragments from a small hand grenade.
    Of course a hand would not stop splinters from cannon fire, mortar fire etc, as mentioned above.
    But yes, strange things happen.

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    Ummm this is one of those classic times wher the question" we're you there" is appropriate

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