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A 1912 Erfurt,s/n 8294. Unit marked to the 5th Grenadiers (36 I.D., XVII Corps). The XVII Corps was commanded by Gen. v. Mackensen and was engaged on the eastern front at the war's outbreak. At the battle of Gumbinnen the XVII Corps was at the center of the German 8th army attack against Rennenkampf's Russian 1st Army. After a long night march and with little rest it was assured by "intelligence" (and bad reconnaisance) that it would be attacking the exposed Russian left flank. Unfortunately the attack was against well concealed and prepared Russian troops and the VII Corps was badly beaten, the 5th Grenadiers suffering the indignity of being shelled by their own artillery. After Gumbinnen the XVII Corps was sent south against the left flank of Samsonov's Russian 2nd army where they performed well at the Battle of Tannenberg, the double envelopment and destruction of the 2nd army. The 5th Grenadiers served on the eastern front until September 1915 at which time the regiment was sent west (with the XVII Corps) and participated in the Battles of the Somme, Picardy, Aisne, and the Second Battle of the Marne. One could speculate that this Luger came to the U.S because it was captured by American troops at the Marne. But anything is possible. Note the round strike marks alongside the serial number on the front of the frame.

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