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WW1 Close Combat Hand Weapons / Body Armour

Article about: Looking through a number in "Illustriete Weltkriegschronik " 1916 magazine series came across a illustration of a Austro- Hungarian infantry soldier ready for close combat in a gas

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    Quote by LizardKing View Post
    Although not a specialist i think these were field made for hand to hand combat in the trenches! The ones factory made i think they were issued to some front troops but when things went bad every single soldier would like to have a leathal weapon like the clubs or daggers!

    Here is a very nice scene from a movie that depicts very vivdly the face of the war in the trenches...


    Passchendaele Ending Battle Scene - YouTube
    Have not seen that film before, looks magnificent. The dazed German boy in the middle of the shi- fight is a realistic touch I feel. Looks good.
    Cheers for the link.
    Dave.

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    Quote by lokvar View Post
    Hello

    Here are my close combat things. All Austrohungarian dug found. 3 boxer,2 trench clubs, an hungarian fokos and an shield for dragoner helmet.
    best regards.........S
    Love your "skull cap". A nice item for sure
    Well done.

    Dave

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    Came across a picture of Russian Troops surprisingly fighting along side French Troops in the Champagne 1916. Looking at the picture, one Russian soldier appears to be holding aloft a rolling pin with spiked metal inserts, another allied close combat weapon, (hope its not a Russian hand grenade)
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    Nice to see some interesting WWI close combat weaponry!

    Thank you for posting.

    Regards,
    Taka

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    Default WW1 British Officer trench club and Canadian soldier trench club

    Here are my 2 trench clubs. The first one is a British officers club made from a wood shaft, with a lead knob hammered on. The knob is woven in leather, and leather covers the top part of the shaft. the rest is some sort of hardened woven fabric. It almost seems like melted wax was absorbed into the fabric material. And a basic leather wrist strap.

    The second is a bit if a jimmy-rigged club made by a Canadian soldier. The shaft on this was made of a heavy spring increasing the blow when swung. There is a leather bag, filled with little shot pellets, and woven in leather. Thick string and a tree sap like substance (which is crusty and mostly gone) were used to tie it all together. I'm guessing there was some sort of wrist wrap on it but the glue/string is coming loose so it may be lost.
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    Thx. for showing !

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    This hand-held WW1 German combat weapon - spring cosh showed up last night at the collectors club. In amongst a bundle of bayonets, at first it didn't register what it was - by the time I realized what it was - too late it had gone. 37cm long, wooden handle, heavy spring with a weighty steel ball on the end. No makers mark.
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    This year find...an " ersatz" type of trench club...in our parts we caled " hungarian" trench club....
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    I showed it before on the forum, but just found this thread, and I thought it would be a good addition.
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Great thread revival Kris.

    Some nasty looking weapons.

    LizardKing - Thanks for the link to the movie. Fantastic and horrifying at the same time.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

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