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WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword
  • WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword

WWII British 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword

Price:

£290.00


Product Description

A good looking example of a WWII era 1897 pattern infantry officers’ sword.

It has a straight-blade, three-quarter basket and has been the regulation sword for officers of the line infantry of the British Army from 1897 to the present day. This example has a nickel-plated metal scabbard. The basket has the King George VI cypher (GVI). The grip is covered in shagreen leather and wrapped with German-silver wire. The grip is straight, with no offset to the blade. Condition is good, but with some spotting to the blade.

By the time of its introduction, the sword was of limited use on the battlefield against rapid-firing rifles, machine guns and long-range artillery. However, the new sword was regarded, when needed, as a very effective fighting weapon. Reports from the Sudan, where it was used in close-quarter fighting during the reconquest of 1896-1899 were positive. Officers carried swords into battle in 1914 at the start of the First World War, and some were still being used in action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. That June, Army Order 68 prohibited the carrying of swords by infantry on the battlefield, in an effort to prevent officers making themselves conspicuous to the enemy; however, at least one sword was carried in the assault on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in June 1916. Bernard Montgomery advanced with his 1897 pattern sword drawn during a counteroffensive in October 1914; having never received any training on how to use it. The actual sword he carried is exhibited in the Imperial War Museum, London.

Size: 100.5 cm (39 ½ inches)
Weight: 1438 g

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