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8 minutes ago, trenchtrotter said:

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ok i got it, i made a reply,many thanks.....

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ANOTHER TRENCH CLUB FROM MY COLLECTION.

ALSO, A PDF BY FAMOUS ITALIAN WRITER ABOUT TRENCH CLUBS.

iF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND ITALIAN, THEN LOOK AT THE PHOTOS!!!!!!!:)

REGARDS, D. 

Mazze FERRATE PDF, IN ITALIAN.pdf

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THIS IS A GRABENPANZER, MODEL 2, IN PERFECT CONDITION.

I GOT SOME PHOTOS FROM THE MARKINGS ON THE SHOULDERS AND THE MAIN BODY.

THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS ARE FROM ADLER, AND THEY ARE RESUMED ALL ABOUT GRABENPAZER.

REGARDS, D.

Models
Generally we speak about 2 different models, the first model is the plain one, the second has the 2 hooks and rifle support. It seems 3 other variations were made, but very little is known about them and they are seldom encountered. 
Mod. 1: 
The first model was introduced in march 1916 (another source says october 1916). The breastplate is connected with two shoulderplates bij 3 rivets each. The two intermediate plates and the bottom plate are secured by two straps. Between every moving plate were two felt pads (connected with the straps) to reduce the noise of the metal plates while the person who was wearing the Grabenpanzer moved around. The Grabenpanzer was mostly worn by static troops, such as MG units, sharpshooters, …
Mod. 1b:
This is a hybride model. It has all the features of mod. 1, but two slits were added in the breast plate to make it possible to strap the Grabenpanzer secure to the body. This reduced the noise and it was easier to move while wearing the Grabenpanzer. 
Mod. 1c:
This is also a hybride model. It’s the same as Mod. 1b, but with two support hooks added. These hooks were meant to support the belt with ammo pouches or other heavy equipement.
Mod 1d: This is actually a mod 1 with a cut out at the right shoulder for easier firing a rifle. Some sources say this was an artisanal alteration, others say it was factory produced.
Mod 2: This model has all of the features: The slits for the strap, the two support hooks, the rifle support bracket.

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GRABENPANZERS MODEL 1,

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A LOT OF TRENCH CLUBS TOGETHER...

THE DREAM OF A COLLECTOR!!!!!!!!551037177_20180630_2311331.jpg.50262728649e5817f53e4882f74334c0.jpg

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a very rare italian made trench club.

italians believed that trench club are barbaric.

but as the war progressing, they used also some of them, or made them.

this is an italian made very crude and heavy trench club.

it was made for the alpinis regiments and saw use during the battles in Dolomites.

very rare finding.

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On 02/06/2018 at 17:08, robins2 said:

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some more from private collection Calgary museum

 

Not to distract from the main thrust of the thread but I just saw this:

The GF - SMLE with cup discharger shown here is a post WWII Indian Weapon, not WWI.

Identifiable by the squared foresight protector ears and the symmetrical rear sight protector (no asymmetrical offset).

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6 hours ago, 4thGordons said:

 

Not to distract from the main thrust of the thread but I just saw this:

The GF - SMLE with cup discharger shown here is a post WWII Indian Weapon, not WWI.

Identifiable by the squared foresight protector ears and the symmetrical rear sight protector (no asymmetrical offset).

yes, that was brought to my attention on another thread (wire wrapped rifles), I  was just posting the trench club photos, it was also brought to my attention that the rod on one of the grenades was incorrect length (museum display)

 

regards

 

Bob R. 

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Does anyone have any information about this armor plate? The one in the gray picture is the only other thing that I could find that was similar to this one. I believe the armor to be French, but am not sure. Thanks!

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11 hours ago, fatchilla said:

Does anyone have any information about this armor plate? The one in the gray picture is the only other thing that I could find that was similar to this one. I believe the armor to be French, but am not sure. Thanks!

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this one is certainly an austrian grabenpanzer, very rare seen....

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10 hours ago, zuluwar2006 said:

this one is certainly an austrian grabenpanzer, very rare seen....

Do you have any more information about this type of grabenpanzer?

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Another Trench club bought from France. 

Original and ugly, as a Trench club should be. 

Any informations for this are wellcomed. 

Regards

D. 

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Similar examples of this ugly Trench club, as exposed with other Austrian weapons in WW1/2 museum in Náchod Czech Republic. 

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An all metal Italian Trench club with sharp hooks, suitable for Trench fighting, bought in Treviso area. 

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Another rare Austrian Trench club found in Treviso area

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On 02/03/2019 at 16:16, zuluwar2006 said:

Another Trench club bought from France. 

Original and ugly, as a Trench club should be. 

Any informations for this are wellcomed. 

Regards

D. 

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Some more detailed photos from this ugly Trench club... 

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Early war protective headwear. 

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A VERY RARE GERMAN TRENCH CLUB, BOUGHT FROM RANCE.

LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WOODEN HANDLE, THE IRON WHICH IS FILLED TO WOOD.

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Damn, that is some scary looking stuff. Midevil weapons, with no guns, they needed to kill or maim in one swing, these would likely do the job

. Great collection there Demitrios!!

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World War One Trench Club used for close combat during trench raids. 

Here is a variety from this special weapon. 

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Can anyone identify this xxl Trench club please??? 

I mean if this is Ww1 period or something else. 

A friend send me those photographs but is difficult to identify if this constructed and for whom, during Ww1. 

Regards

D. 

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Hey D'. You are most likely one of the best authorities on Trench Club's on GWF

 

that said, it looks too fat and unwieldy for trench use.with a head that fat, it could not be swung fast, making it near useless. No offence, but it look's like an old movie prop

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