trajan Posted 5 March , 2016 Share Posted 5 March , 2016 Yes, it is a Great War question - well, related at any rate as the bayonet at least saw service 1914-1918! Just out of curiosity as I have been trying to get to grips with some of the 'altered' etc, bayonets used by the German armies in WW1. As I understand it, the basic Werder Gew.69 as used by the Bavarians only in 1871, was subsequently modified with a Gew.71 barrel to become the Gew.69 n.M., so as to accommodate the Gew.71 cartridge (this being in accordance with the 1871 Constitution, Article 63). So, did this re-barrelled Werder Gew. 69 n.M. take the existing Werder M.69 bayonet? Or were the bayonets now adapted to S.71 specifications? From what I have been able to track down in published literature the Bavarians did alter their Werder bayonets to Gew.71 standards - but I got the impression that this was only after they adopted the Gew.71 itself in 1877 or so... Any thoughts appreciated! Trajan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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