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M1917 Trench Knife WW2

Started by juodonnell2012 , Dec 05 2017 08:18 PM

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#1 juodonnell2012

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:18 PM

Hello everyone, does anyone have any photos of the M1917 Trench Knife in use during WW2? I've seen plenty of M1918s in use but still have yet to find a picture of an M1917 in use. Thanks!

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:52 PM

There is a picture of a Marine wearing one on one of the islands. Maybe someone else has it handy and will post it.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:53 PM

Hi I found this pic. Marine during the battle of Iwo Jima with M1917 knife..! This Knife is very popular in the Marines Corps.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:58 PM

That's the pic I was thinking of. Thanks for posting it.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:59 PM

Here two marines with M1918 knife.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:01 PM

That's the pic I was thinking of. Thanks for posting it.

Unfortunately there are not many photos, this is one of the few in circulation.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:37 PM

The 1917 knife and others of a similar three sided design were outlawed after WW1 and the U.S. removed them from their inventories well before WW2.  Chances are that the one pictured was not issued to the Marine.  Not a good thing to be captured with either.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:07 AM

I don't believe the first picture is a 1918 trench knife. It is similar, but blade shape / design is different, as is the handle.

Here two marines with M1918 knife.
 
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Posted 16 December 2017 - 08:30 AM

The M1918 in the first Marine photo certainly is not  "official" M1918. Perhaps a theater or shop made knockoff. I noticed that the Marine taking pot-shots in the 3rd post is sitting on a pile of Japanese  ammo boxes.  They would be worth a good buck today (along with everything else in the shot).



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 09:34 AM

My dad joined the New York National Guard in early 1940 and was issued an M1917. At some point after the guard was called up, they were ordered to turn them in. He said they were told the Geneva Convention outlawed them. Luckily, Dad sent his home and it is in my collection. By sheer coincidence with this topic, I am planning on giving it to my nephew soon, Dad's oldest grandchild, to keep it in the family.
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