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  • French lebel 1886 pattern epee bayonet blade 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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    French lebel 1886 pattern epee bayonet blade which is not complete the tip of the blade has snapped off but is still straight. The bayonet is rusty but still very solid and not braking up at all or falling apart it is missing its brass handle the blade is pitted and rusty but the bayonet has been left in as found condition it is perfect to display or any collection and a rare one for the collection being from Verdun. The bayonet was 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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