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  • Group of French weapon parts all recovered in old French dugout in the area of the Thiaumont Redoubt,Fort Douaumont the June-October 1916 battlefield in Verdun

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    This is a group of French weapon parts which are the butt plate and half rifle bolt remains from a lebel rifle and 2 sections of ammunition belt from Hotchkiss model 1914 heavy machine gun. The parts are in relic but very solid condition they have been left in as found condition and have survived this well as they have been in a chalk lined bunker for 100 years perfect for display or any collection. The weapon parts were recovered in a old French dugout from the area of the Thiaumont Redoubt,west of Fort Douaumont the June-October 1916 battlefield in Verdun.

    On the 12th June 1916, this entrenched French position was a part of the terrain forming a salient west of Fort Douaumont, known as the "Thiaumont Redoubt". The Germans, planned to capture this location prior to launching their main offensive on the 23rd June 1916. The Germans captured the redoubt eventually after many weeks of fighting and massive casualties on both sides. On the 19th August they finally cleared the redoubt of all French soldiers then they fortified it and it was on the 24th October 1916 that it was finally re taken again by the French Army.

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    Hotchkiss M1914 - Modern FirearmsPin on French WW1 Rifles