This is a German soldiers M1898-1905 pattern Butcher Bayonet lovely condition relic but is missing its wooden handle grips.The bayonet is complete but the whole bayonet is pitted with rust it is in relic condition rusty but still very solid and not braking up at all it has been very well cleaned perfect to display or for any collection.The bayonet was recovered from the Battle of Le Hamel on the 4th July 1918,Australian and American offensive battlefield on the 1918 Somme battlefield. A very nice relic from the famous 1918 German spring offensive and the Allied counter attack on the Somme battlefield.
The Battle of Le Hamel was fought on the 4 July 1918 and was an attack by the Australians supported for first time by American forces with British Tanks. General Sir John Monash, Commander of the Australian Corps, planned for an attack to dislodge the German position on a spur of high ground outside the Village. The frontage of the attack was about 3 miles wide from Villers-Bretonneux village in the south to Le Hamel in the north, with Vaire and Le Hamel woods between these villages. General Monash selected the date of the attack as 4 July as American Independence Day for the date of the attack in honour of the American involvement in this battle. German casualties numbered about 2,000, with another 1,600 taken prisoner. Australian casualties were about 1,400 of whom about 250 were killed.Below a Mark 5 Tank and Australian soldiers beside tank that was disabled in fight for Le Hamel.
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