Item:
ONSV5988

Original German WWI - WWII Short Handled Pioneer Wire Cutters with Maker Marking

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Original Item: Only One Available. The German Pioniertruppen (Pioneer troops) were equipped to accomplish many different tasks. Whether it was laying mines, building (or demolishing) bridges, removing obstacles or constructing earth re-enforcments; the Pioneer troops carried the necessary equipment. They had a variety of different tools such as long spades, saws, explosives, detonators, and wire cutters. The Drahtschere (wire cutters) were key during WWI, due to the extensive barbed wire used. Many of these wire cutters were still quite serviceable when WWII arrived, and were used then as well.

This example is quite nice, and looks to be fully functional, though there is a chip on the blade, probably from trying to use them to cut something larger or harder than wire. There is a faded maker marking on the head's hinge pivot, which looks to read A.V. HOF over another word, but we cannot make out what it is due to the surface rust. They are also marked clearly with D.R.G.M. (Deutsches Reiches Gebrauchs Musterschutz) - meaning it is a protected patented design under the German Government.

A great example of field-used military German Pioneer military equipment, ready to research and display!

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