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Article about: Hello all. Just thought I would post some pics of the bayonet I got this weekend. It's a M1871 Sawback bayonet, clean blade, nice and straight. Blade is stamped Weyersberg, Kirschbaum &

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    Hello all. Just thought I would post some pics of the bayonet I got this weekend. It's a M1871 Sawback bayonet, clean blade, nice and straight. Blade is stamped Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co, Solingen, made in 1891. No scabbard unfortunately.

    I was wondering if I could get some details on the regiment markings, 6.T.L.7.4. Does anyone know what this might be?

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    Good bayonet.

    The marking is for a Feldlazarett der Train-Abteilung which was a field hospital unit.

    According to Jeff Noll's book on Imperial German Regimental Markings, T.L. can mean two different types of unit.

    Pre 1914

    Feldlazarett des Train-Bataillon = Field Hospital of a Service Corps Battalion.

    Post 1914

    Feldlazarett der Train-Abteilung = Field Hospital of a Service Corps Detachment. Schlesische Train-Abteilung Nr. 6

    Therefore your marking will be either

    6th Feldlazarett des Train-Bataillon/sub-unit 7/weapon 4.

    or

    6th Feldlazarett der Train-Abteilung/sub-unit 7/weapon 4.

    Can't help with the designation of the sub-unit I'm afraid - could be Company I suppose.

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    I appreciate the information. As I've said before, this forum is a great place with great people....

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    That's very informative indeed! And a great bayonet of course!

    Adler

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