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1910 DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 4796d, DETAILS AND WAR HISTORY
DWM military Lugers manufactured during 1910 are dated 1910 over the chamber and bear commercial (hidden) style serial number placement. They are reported in the 3580b to 5531e serial range and were manufactured without hold open or stock lug. There is considerable overlap in serial range with the 1911 DWM. About 17,000 were manufactured.





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Figure 1. Left slant view of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. The serial number placement is hidden (commercial style).




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Figure 2. Top view of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d.





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Figure 3. Right receiver and barrel of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. The receiver proofs and acceptance stamps are under the blue. The barrel proof is comparatively delicate and through the blue.



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Figure 4. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. The serial number of the take down lever and side plate are in the commercial style (hidden). Note: the halo around the digits of the barrel serial number and lack of halo on the frame serial number. The barrel serial number is through the blue.

Based on the examination of numerous original condition Imperial military DWM Lugers the following was observed on almost all: The right receiver acceptance stamps and proof eagle appear dull (washed out); the barrel proof eagle is sharp and delicate. The barrel serial number is sharp and almost always displays a halo. The barrel gauge digits most often display haloes. These observations are consistent with the right receiver and barrel of this Luger.


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Figure 5. Matching magazine to 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. The large numbers without letter suffix aligned with the long axis of the magazine bottom were used on DWM military contract Lugers until the e suffix range of 1911.




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Figure 6. Right side view of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. According to a May 6,1913 directive all P08's in service without a hold open were to have the hold open retrofitted. This was accomplished by Erfurt. A small crown / gothic letter indicated a hold open was retrofitting to this Luger.




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Figure 7. Front view of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d, showing the Prussian Ulanen unit markings.
 

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LUGER (SERIAL NUMBER 4796d), SWORD, UNIT HISTORY, ALL MARKED TO THE 13TH ULANEN REGIMENT




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Figure 8. Shown are:
1910 DWM, serial number 4796d. Prussian Ulanen13.U.1.20. marked.
M89 Sword marker to the 13th Ulanen Regiment.
13th Ulanen Regiment World War I battle history (Vol. 1 & 2), published in 1927 and 1938.
1910 dated 18th Ulanen marked holster.


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Figure 9. Holster manufactured from Reich’s revolver holster parts. The manufacture was accomplished according to specific directions. The workmanship is superb.


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Figure 10. Details of the Luger holster fabricated from Reich’s revolver holster parts.


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Figure 11. This holster bears old markings of XIX, R.U. 05 (1905) inside. The new markings of B.A. XIX 10, 18.U.10 / 3 10 (1910 dated) are shown here.




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Figure 12. M 89 sword, left side blued engraved panel marked: Konigs.-Ul.-Reg.(1.Hannov.) No. 13 (The Kings own Ulanen Regiment No 13.).




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Figure 13. M 89 sword right side blued engraved panel: banners with honors indicate the past battles of the 13 th Ulanen Regiment: Peninsula, Waterloo, Garzie-Hernandez.




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Figure 14. Grip strap of 1910 DWM, serial number 4796d, showing Ulanen unit markings of 13.U.1.20. These signify: 13 Ulanen-Regiment, Eskadron 1, Waffe Nr. 20 .




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Figure 15. Illustration of a World War I Ulanen patrol. The Ulanen were the elite of the German cavalry. The 13th Ulanen regiment was part of the 9th Cavalry Division during World War I. Early in World War I (August 8-22) the 13th Ulanen Regiment scouted ahead of the First and Second German Armies during their drive though Belgium, and into France. Their task was to determine the position of the enemy and secure critical positions. They rode until they made contact with the enemy. Everywhere there was hidden danger and often they rode into ambush.
Figures 16 to 18 illustrate the dangers encountered by Ulanen patrols ahead of the German First and Second Armies in Belgium



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Figure 16. As German Ulanen attempt to seize a pontoon bridge, it is destroyed by a British shell.




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Figure 17. During August 1914 the fierce Ulanen caused panic among the towns, and cities in their path. Illustration shows a Belgium armored car sent to intercept the Ulanen.




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Figure 18. Ulanen patrol surprises French infantry.


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Figure 19. The 13th Ulanen Regiment transferred to the Eastern Front in late 1914. The vast spaces of the Eastern Front allowed the effective use of cavalry in battles of sweeping maneuver. Scene from the World War I Battle History of the 13th Ulanen Regiment, showing the Regiment crossing the River Bug. The Bug was the scene of severe battles between the Germans and Russians during World war I.




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Figure 20. Prussian Ulanen (grey) and Hungarian Hussars (blue and red) attack Russian Cossacks 50 kilometers west of Warsaw. During World War I the 13th Ulanen Regiment and the Hungarian allies battled the Russians in Poland.
 

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Great article, Jan.
Thanks.
Luke
 
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