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Thread: 1912 DWM, Erfurt P.08 Centennial

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    Default 1912 DWM, Erfurt P.08 Centennial

    Pictured are two P.08 pistols manufactured in 1912.

    The DWM manufactured pistol was one of an estimated 10,000* produced that year for the German Army. There are no unit markings on the grip strap. It is probable that this pistol was issued in the Bavarian or Würtemburg Armies as it was not retrofitted with the hold open lever or the 50m front sight. The start of hostilities in 1914 interrupted the recall of their P.08's.

    The Erfurt manufactured pistol was one of an estimated 21,000* pistols produced for the German Army that year. It was recalled and retrofitted with both the hold open and the higher 50m front sight by the Erfurt Rifle Factory. The front grip strap is unit marked 145.R.1.6, "Königs-Infanterie-Regiment (Lothringisches) Nr. 145, Kompagnie 1, waffe 6." As a part of the 34.Infanterie-Division, Regiment 145 saw extensive action at: Great Retreat,Verdun, Second Aisne,Cambrai,Spring Offensive-Second Battle of the Somme,St. Quentin, and against the Americans at Oise-Aisne.

    The book is a 1919 publication of the history of the American 88th Division In The World War of 1914-1918. The 88th AEF saw action in the Central Sector of Haute Alsace in 1918.

    *Still-Central Powers Pistols.
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    Additional information or comments are appreciated.
    Last edited by abzug; 03-24-2012 at 10:09 PM.
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    Adrain, a couple of fine centurians you have displayed for us. Thanks for sharing, John

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    Hi Adrian, Thanks for the fine, and timely, presentation. The guns are nice too! Best regards, Norm
    P.S. What's the serial number of the Erfurt?

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    Adrian
    Very nice!! Thanks for sharing. Bill

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    Adrian
    Outstanding presentation of an Erfurt and DWM Luger both 100 years old and dated 1912. To top it all off the Erfurt is unit marked 145.R.1.6. Lots of history in your lugers and presentation.
    Thanks for posting
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    Nice centenial couple !

    Only 1 of these would have been enough to make me happy (here missing 7 to complete imperial DWM serie 10-18)

    Thanks for showing us these pieces of history.

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    Adrian... Thanks for the show and tell.... great stuff...
    dave

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    Who says Erfurts were inferior to DWM's....certainly not in 1912!
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    Thank you all for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the 1912's.
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