Archive for Czechoslovakia

A Czech VZ-23 in German use

Posted in Firearms with tags , , on February 23, 2020 by The Dude

Here is an pretty rare rifle, the Czech VZ-23 Mauser, produced by Brno. The rifle was manufactured using a German Karabiner 98AZ base, resulting in a 550mm long barrel. The newly independent Czech arms industry only made these for a short period before moving on to the improved VZ-24. Signs of German reuse in WW2 include a stamping on the receiver under the wood-line and the blued bolt.

G33/40 Brno Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on February 2, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis bayonet is the correct one for any German G33/40 Mauser. The bayonet superficially looks similar to the one for the K98 however the blade edge is reversed and the ring has been machined off. These bayonets were manufactured by Brno between 1940 and 1942. This one is marked dot on the bayonet and dot42 on the sheath.

German Mauser K98 Infantry Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , on January 15, 2014 by The Dude
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This is my DOU marked Mauser Kar-98 Infantry Rifle in 7.92x57mm caliber. It was manufactured in 1943 by the Waffenwerke Brunn., A.G. in Czechoslovakia. It’s all matching except for the stock lower so I am pretty happy to have it. It will stay with me until I can afford a nice German made mid-war K98.

The Anti-Fascism Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on April 26, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis is a medal issued in 1981 by the Czechoslovakian Anti-Facist Committee to all surviving ex-members of teh Communist resistance to the Nazis. It’s a state supported organisation but the medal should be considered an unofficial issue.

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The Commemorative Medal of the 40th Anniverary of Victory over Fascism

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on April 26, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaDuh. A Czechoslovakian Communist era medal celebrating 40 years since the fall of the Nazis.

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The Commemorative Medal of the Second National Revolt

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on April 26, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis Czech medal was created in 1946. The rear of the medal says “in remembrance of the 2nd national revolt”. This medal was issued to everyone who helped resist the German occupiers of Czechoslovakia.

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Medal to Commemorate 30 Years Since the Liberation from the Fascists

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on April 23, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis is one of the endless lineup of ex-Eastern Bloc medals that celebrate an anniversary of either the fall of the Fascists or the Liberation from aforementioned Fascists. In this case it is the 30th anniversary of, I presume, the liberation of Czechoslovakia.

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Czechoslovakian Medal for Faithful Service in the SNB

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on April 23, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaAnother Communist Era medal for service in the SNB (Sbor Narodni Bezpecnosti) which was the Czech equivalent of the KGB.

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Czechoslovak CSSR Medal for Service to the Homeland

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaI know nothing about this medal beyond its name. It came in a big box of junk from an auction. I don’t really care for Communist stuff, but who would buy this?

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Czechoslovakian Medallion Commemorating the Nazi Takeover

Posted in Medallions & Badges with tags , , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis medallion is a copy of the commemorative coin created for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. The original medal was a table medal. This is a medallion with a loop to be attached to a ring or chain.

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Mauser 4x Short Rail Sniper Scope

Posted in Optics with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

800px-Flag_of_CzechoslovakiaThis scope is marked as being manufactured by Opticotechna GmbH in Czechoslovakia. It is marked DOW+ on the barrel. I believe this to be of post-war manufacture, primarily because of the anti-reflex stamp on the side of the barrel as well as the lack of a number. While the Germans did invent anti-reflex coating in 1937 I don’t believe it made it onto scopes until after the war. The lack of a serial suggests the Germans never issued this as they were in the habit of stamping everything they could find. Upon further research it’s clear this is a Lovec scope and the DOW+ marking must be spurious.

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