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LUGERS OF THE DRAGOON REGIMENTS. PART 3/5

1911 DWM, SN 8194d, DETAILS, ACCESSORIES, AND 5.R.D.1.12 HISTORY

1911 DWM Lugers are reported in the 4089b to 166f serial range and were manufactured without hold open and stock lug. All those manufactured up to serial number 88xxe had hidden style serial number placement. Between serial number 88xxe and 93xxe the style of serial number placement changed to military (exposed) (Luke). There is considerable overlap in serial range with the 1910 DWM. About 13,000 were manufactured.


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Figure 35. Left slant view of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d. The serial number placement is hidden (commercial style).


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Figure 36. Top view of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d..


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Figure 37. Right side of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d. The grips bear the last two digits of the serial number.


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Figure 38. Right receiver and barrel of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d. 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/scriptic letter 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 39. Front of frame and bottom of barrel of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d.. The serial number of the side plate and take down lever is in the commercial style (hidden). Note: the halo around the digits of the barrel serial number(barley visible) and lack of halo on the frame serial number. The barrel serial number is through the blue.


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Figure 40. 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d, with 1915 dated Dragoon marked holster.


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Figure 41. Holster ink stamp D.R.25./1915 : Dragoon Regiment 25, 1915 date.
(Holsters were not under the same unit marking regulations as weapons. Their markings vary. Sometimes they are the same as weapons and sometimes they use the same abbreviations as found on dog tags or uniforms.)


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Figure 42. Manufacturers hallmark dated 1915.


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Figure 43. Cloth pull up strap. Other holsters with similar manufacturing stamp and 1915 date have been reported with a cloth pull up strap.


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Figure 44. End of cloth pull up strap.


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Figure 45. Front view of 1911 DWM, serial number 8194d, showing 5th Reserve Dragoon unit marking.


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Figure 46. 5.R.D.1.12: signifies 5 Reserve- Dragoner-Regiment, Eskadron 1, Waffe Nr. 12.


History of 5.R(script).D.1.12. marked Luger. During World War I from 1914 to 1918 the 5th Reserve- Dragon-Regiment was part of the 3rd Reserve.Division. In 1918 the 5th Reserve- Dragon-Regiment dismounted to battle on the Western Front and became the 5th Reserve Dragoon Schutzen Regiment which was part of the Garde Cavalry Division.

Some notes covering the battle history ot the 5th Reserve- Dragon-Regiment
3 RES. DIV.
1914 East Prussia-Russia
1914 Tannenburg (Aug. 26-28)
1914 Battles of Biallo, Lyck, Suwalki, Augustowe (Seot. -Oct.)
1915 Mazurin Lakes (Feb), Polish Frontier (May)
1915 Bobr, Ossovietz, Kovno (Aug.3-18), Nienen
1915/1917 Smorgoni, Vilna
1917 Belgium, Ypers, Alsace, Aisne
1918 Becomes Res. Drag. Sch. Reg. 5, in the Garde Cav. Div..
1918 Marne, Champagne, Reims, Oise, Aisne, Maas,


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Figure 47. At dawn, Dragoon Regiment attacks Russian column at Tannenburg. The Luger shown above was issued to a lancer of the 5th Reserve Dragoon Regiment, Squadron 1. This lancer spent 1914 to 1917 battling on the Eastern front. Here the vast spaces allowed this cavalry regiment to fight effectively in battles of sweeping maneuver and ambush. This lancer and his Luger were part of Hindenburg's Eighth Army that battled at Tannenberg in 1914 and destroyed the Russian Second Army.


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Figure 48. Dragoon patrol caught in the open, during the harsh Eastern Front Winter.
 
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