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I trust I'm posting this in the proper location....

This is an early "Sawback" Model 98/05 bayonet used by engineers. It retains the high "ears" and is unmodified/retrofitted as indicated by the lack of a metal flashguard on the top of the handle. It was made in 1908 and is marked to the 26th Pioneer Batallion of the XX Corps which served at Tannenberg. At that battle the XXth Corps at first fought a delaying action by itself against Russian Gereral Samsonov's 2nd Russian Army in August, 1914. When the bulk of the German 8th Army swung south to engage Samsonov after the Battle of Gumbinnen, the XX Corps served at the German Army's center. On August 28th the 3rd Company of the 26th Pioneers made an heroic, but sacrificial, attack over a bridge which was exposed to heavy Russian fire at the town of Waplitz in an attempt to the reinforce a stranded detachment of the 59th IR in the town. They were nearly wiped out. This bayonet is from the 26th's 1st company. Otherwise it would now probably be somewhere in Russia. But this bayonet was at Tanneberg and that's enough for me. If anyone knows where I might find a proper leather scabbard for the bayonet, please advise.


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Shelly
Excellent photographs of your Sawback bayonet used in the Batttle of Tanneberg. I share your interest in this battle and the unit marked bayonets and Lugers used in it.
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Jan
 

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Klaus, I believe I have a very good extra frog for a 98/05. If you are interested email me.
 

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Klaus:

I have no specific sources for bayonet parts or frogs. But here are some suggestions. Great War Militaria (there is a website), the folks at K98 Bayonet Collectors group(http://www.donet.com/~mconrad/bcn.htm) might have sources too. I would also contact Jayson (Jay) Kaplan whose email address can be found on the K98 site. He is a well known dealer of bayonets and would probably need to get them repaired from time to time.
 
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