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1908 DWM, 2.Ch.R.3.19., BAYERISCHES, 2 CHEVAULEGERS-REGIMENT, ESKADRON 3, WAFFE NR. 19.

“Greetings from Bavaria”. This is how a recent note from Germany opened. It was from Franz Hofer who sent photographs of this beautiful, Bavarian marked,1908 DWM with issue holster and gave permission to post these on this Forum. His outstanding all matched Bavarian rig.:


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Figure 1. Left side Franz Hofer’s 1908 DWM with lanyard.


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Figure 2. Right side, 1908 DWM


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Rigure 3. 1908 DWM with its matching Reichsrevolver type 2 conversion holster. It is the second type with a separate stud closure for the magazine pouch(The first type has a larger flap that covers the magazine in the conventional style, see page 28, Imperial Lugers). Figures 7 and 8 in the post below show such holsters in use by Bavarian cavalry troopers.

*4/5, HISTORY, BAVARIAN CAV. DIV. LUGERS Jan C Still
http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3282


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Figure 4. Back of Reichsrevolver type 2 conversion holster showing details of the seams. The conversion is a labor intensive process.


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Figure 5. Reichsrevolver type 2 conversion holster. Details of magazine pouch stud closure.


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Figure 6. Holster stamp 2. Chv. R./ 1910 which signifies 2nd Chevaulegers-Regiment and 1910 date. It is the holster issued with this Luger.


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Figure 7. Front strap of 1908 DWM, marked 2.Ch.R.3.19., which signifies: Bayerisches, 2 Chevaulegers-Regiment, Eskadron 3, Waffe Nr. 19. There is a halo around some of the digits and letters of the unit stamp.
During World War I the Bavarian 2 Chevaulegers-Regiment, Eskadron 3 was part of the 6th Bavarian Infanterie-Division. During 1914 it battled in Lorraine as part of the 6th Bavarian Army. In October 1914 the 6th Bavarian Division attacked and forced the surrender of the French Fort Camp des Romains. In 1916 the Division battled at in the titanic battles at Verdun (Thiaumont and Fleury) and at the Somme. During 1917 the Division battled at Artois and Flanders. In 1918 the Division battled on the Western Front ( Lille, Cambrai, Dixmude, Verdun and Royce). Allied Intelligence rated the Bavarian 6th Division as a first class division.
Bold print = illustrated below.

The following post illustrates the history of the 6th Bavarian Infanterie-Division:
BAVARIAN ISSUE 1912 ERFURT, SN 5435 Jan C Still http://www.gunboards.com/luger/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2319
 

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FRANZ HOFER’S SECOND BAVARIAN LUGER RIG


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Figure 8. Left side Franz Hofer’s second Bavarian Luger. It is another 1908 DWM..


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Figure 9. Right side, Franz Hofer’s second Bavarian Luger.


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Figure 10. Franz Hofer’s second Bavarian Luger with its Bavarian AWM holster manufactured in 1912.


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Figure 11. Back of AWM manufactured holster.


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Figure 12. This holster is marked AWM/16/12 and 1.I.R. / M.G.K. It was manufactured at the Artillery Workshop München in 1912 and is marked to the 1st Infantry Regiment, Machine Gun Company. While not matched to this Luger the holster is Bavarian manufactured and is most likely the holster that this Luger ended World War I in.


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Figure 13. Front strap of Franz Hofer’s second Bavarian Luger. 1908 DWM marked B.11.R.2.2. which signifies: Bayerisches 11 Infanterie-Regiment, Kompagnie 2, Waffe Nr. 2. There is a halo around some of the digits and letters of the unit stamp.
During World War I the Bavarian 11 Infanterie-Regiment was part of the 6th and 16th Bavarian Infantry Divisions that battled on the Western Front during World War I..

Many thanks to Franz Hofer for letting us view his collectors prizes.
 

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Thank you Jan for posting the Hofer pistols. Where in Bavaria does Mr Hofer live?
 
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