calibre792x57.y Posted 19 November , 2013 Share Posted 19 November , 2013 Not too long ago there was a sad story from a member who lost a kS 98 in the mail. Here is mine. Originally introduced in 1901 for the Independent Machine Gun Companies the bulk of them were manufactured between 1910 - 1914 and issued to Airship Companies, Telegraph Troops, and Imperial Colonial Troops. This one is marked KS xxxx on the crossguard and this serial number is repeated on the reverse of the scabbard. This marking indicates that it was issued to German Colonial Troops in South West Africa. Unlike other German possessions in Africa the dry climate helped to preserve the pressed leather grips and they are rarely found with replacement grips. The colony surrendered on 9th July 1915 and these bayonets were popular souvenirs with the South Africans who took over. They were also often worn as a sidearm by officers who would normally have otherwise worn a sword as a mark of rank until their carriage was banned in 1915. They are quite rare today. P.S. S<S, I got fed up with grenades - SW Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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