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Imperial German M.1 Pioneer Wire Cutters

Article about: Hello all, This year I added a pair of WW1 German M.1 pioneer wire cutters to my Imperial German Collection. As denoted by the name these wire cutters were instituted in 1911 to infantry and

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    Hello all,

    This year I added a pair of WW1 German M.1 pioneer wire cutters to my Imperial German Collection. As denoted by the name these wire cutters were instituted in 1911 to infantry and pioneers. The ring on the end of one handle enabled soldiers to wear them on a chord around the neck while a metal clip that attached to the belt was also supplied as another means of carrying. The cutting edge blade was interchangeable and was obviously a well thought out part of the design as the blades on my example show the the type of condition they often ended up in. The snake tongue prong at the end obviously assisted with the easy passage of the wire to the cutter. The grips were finished in a lacquer which has long since disappeared on this example. In 1915 a new design came into use. I’ve included a photo from the book “German Assault Troops of WW1” by Thomas Wictor depicting “Shock troops of the 12th Company, Guard Reserve Pioneer Regiment, photographed at Arras, June 17, 1917”. The soldier to the left wears M.1 cutters on his belt.

    A not often encountered piece of Imperial German militaria - I hope you enjoy the pictures.

    Andy

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    Hello Andy.
    Out of curiosity, where do you find such unusual objects? in street markets, antique dealers, maybe in e.Bay.
    Thank you in advance for your response.

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    Great piece of militaria. Thanks for posting it.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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    I absolutely adore the photo of the Strurmtruppen! The skull and crossbones on there left sleeves are a perfect touch to there " skill set"

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    Very nice Andy!
    Something you do not see every day.
    Congrats!
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    Hello Tabstabs,

    I was lucky to pick these up on eBay but I haven’t seen them before - only the 1915 onwards model. They were simply advertised as German wire cutters but I knew what they were when I saw them as I have the late Michael Baldwin’s excellent 4 Volume set of books called Felzug (all Imperial German WW1 uniforms and equipment) so I knew what they were straight away. But you certainly don’t see them often.

    Andy

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