This is a German Ersatz bayonet and scabbard remains the blade which has snapped at the end also the handle is complete but rusty and it is the top section of scabbard that remains it is in relic but solid condition rusty but not braking up it was recovered many years ago at passchendaele from the famous battle of 1917.This bayonet is perfect for display or any collection the bayonet came from private collection in Belgium.
Passchendaele this small village five miles north-east of Ypres is the name by which the final stages of the Third Battle of Ypres is known. It is the name, along with the Somme, which has come to symbolise the Great War for many. The Third battle of Ypres was preceded by the attack on Messines ridge in June 1917. The main battle commenced on the 31st of July 1917, and stretched on until November the 10th, 1917.
The advance on Passchendaele, took place in October and November, the aim being to take the strategically important high ground of the Passchendaele ridge. The first battle of Passchendaele, on the 12th October, failed to take the village, and the second battle of Passchendaele lasted from the 26th of October until the 10th of November when the village finally fell to the Allies but at a very heavy cost.
German prisoners taken at Passchendaele in 1917
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