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German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

Article about: This is one of the Dutch M1895 rifle bayonets that was captured in 1940 and subsequently modified for Wehrmacht use. An order was released in 1942 detailing the specific modifications, which

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    This is one of the Dutch M1895 rifle bayonets that was captured in 1940 and subsequently modified for Wehrmacht use. An order was released in 1942 detailing the specific modifications, which included shortening both the blade and the scabbard, and closing the end of the scabbard where the tip of the bayonet would be. The Germans issued similar directions for the French Lebel bayonet.

    This example shows the reduction of both the blade and the scabbard, which is closed with a single running stitch. All branches of the Wehrmacht used Dutch rifles and carbines, as indicated by surviving photographic evidence and surviving firearms with depot stamps or what are known to be typical German modifications. I own several of these captured/modified Dutch rifles and carbines and the variety makes for a very fun and interesting niche in collecting.

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    Rather interesting state of affairs as over in the Dutch East Indies about the same time the Japanese were modifying Dutch bayonets as well.

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    What are the modifications compared to original. Shortened it only?

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    Correct. Both the blade and scabbard were shortened, with the blade receiving a more rounded tip than the very pointed tip they had originally. Some examples of the modified scabbards have the securing strap moved down near the mouth of the scabbard itself, but there doesn't appear to be any consistency to this.

    The modifications to the rifles and carbines were much more varied and mixed.

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    Hello,

    This is a Seitengewehr 102 (h).

    There was a rule for modifying the S104 (h), but not for the S102 (h).

    This was probably used analogously for the S102 (h).

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

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    here the S 104 (h) modified according to regulations.

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

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    here an analog modified S102 (h)

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

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    and here both in comparison

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

    German captured/modified Dutch M1895 rifle bayonet

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    nice additions to the thread SW.

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