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1910 DWM, SERIAL NUMBER 414d, 3.s.R(script).1.1.
1910 DWM Lugers are reported in the 3580b to 5531e serial range and were manufactured without hold open, stock lug, and with commercial style (hidden)serial placement. There is considerable overlap in serial range with the 1911 DWM. About 17,000 were manufactured.


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Figure 1. Left side of 1910 DWM, serial number 414d. The serial number placement is hidden (commercial style).


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Figure 2. Top of 1910 DWM, serial number 414d.


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Figure 3. Right side, 1910 DWM, serial number 414d.


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Figure 4. Right receiver of 1910 DWM, serial number 414d. 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 / P indicates a hold open was retrofitting to this Luger. The end of the pin placed to retain the hold open is properly in the white.


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Figure 5. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1910 DWM, serial number 414d. The serial number of the take down lever is in the commercial style (hidden). Note: the prominent halo around the digits of the barrel serial number and barrel and lack of halo on the frame serial number. This is one of the best defined haloes that I have examined. The barrel serial number is through the blue.


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Figure 6. Matched magazine for 1910 DWM.. The large numbers aligned with the long axis of the magazine bottom were used on magazine bottoms from the start of the no suffix 1908 DWM First Issue to the 1911 dated DWM Lugers. A suffix was added to the magazine bottom when the “e” suffix was reached in 1911. Starting in about 1912 smaller letters aligned across the magazine were used.


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Figure 7. Front, 1910 DWM, serial number 414d. Cavalry unit stamped to the 3rd Reserve Heavy Rider Regiment.


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Figure 8. 1910 DWM, serial number 414d with 1915 dated holster marked to a heavy Rider Regiment.


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Figure 9. Back of holster.


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Figure 10. Details of manufacturing hallmark and unit stamp: L. Estelmann/Strassburg/1915; 2.S.R.R./1915.: 2.nd Schweres Reiter Regiment. Strassburg was located in German occupied Alsace. It was returned to France at the end of World War I.


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Figure 11. Open holster showing the magazine and tool compartments. The tool is unmarked, proper for a DWM Luger.


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Figure 12. Details of front strap, 3.s.R(script).1.1. signifies: 3 Schweres Reserve-Reiter-Regiment, Eskadron 1, Waffe Nr. 1. This is the rarest cavalry unit marking applied to a Luger. Germany entered World War I with three Reserve Heavy Rider Regiments. Only one of over 100 cavalry marked Lugers is reported bearing this unit mark. It is the rarest cavalry unit mark.


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Figure 13. Reserve Heavy Rider Regiment Luger shown with its World War I battle history: "Kurzer Uberblick des Schwern Reserve-Reitre-Regts. Nr. 3" 1929, attached to; Ulanen Regt. Nr. 4 in Weltkrieg


During World War I the 3 Schweres Reserve-Reiter-Regiment was part of the 35 th Reserve Division. It was part of the XVII Corps District. It spent World War I on the Eastern Front where the open spaces and lack of improved roads allowed the cavalry to be put to affective use. It battled at Tannenburg, in the Carpathians, Russia and the Ukraine during the War. It helped win the War on the Eastern Front for Germany and kept order through police actions during 1918. Below are some rough notes on its World War I history.

35TH RES. DIV., HAS ALWAYS OCCUPIED THE EASTERN FRONT
1914 Tannenburg,
1914 POLAND, Warsaw, Czenstochow
1915 GALICA April to June Carpathians, Lemberg
1915 RUSSIA, Chtchara, pursuit of the Russians
1916 OGINSKI CANAL, Baranowitschi
1917 OGINSKI CANAL, Pripet-Sumpfen
1918 MARCH, Advance into the Ukraine some, fighting & losses
1918 OCT. UKRAINE


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Figure 14. War time photograph of the 2nd Squadron 3rd Reserve Schweres-Reiter-Regiment taken in Konigsberg,10th Sept. 1914. The troopers are wearing their Lugers on the right side.(From "Kurzer Uberblick des Schwern Reserve-Reitre-Regts. Nr. 3" 1929)


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Figurre 15. Sketch of Schweres-Reiter-Regiment.


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Figure 16. Sketch, Schweres-Reiter-Regiment charging.


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Figure 17. A long cavalry column invading Western Russia in 1915.


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Figure 18. 1918, the spiked helmets are replaced with steel battle helmets’ but the lances remain.
 
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