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MP-34 Machine Pistol Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on November 6, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_AustriaFlag_of_PortugalSurprisingly tough to find. These bayonets were manufactured by Simson in Austria for the MP-34 submachine gun. They were made from the Portuguese M1904 contract bayonet and supplied with the MP34 on the Portugal contract in 1942. Honestly, if you are down to a bayonet after emptying your MP34 then you are right up shit creek IMHO. Visually very similar to the 1904 bayonet, the key is the distance between the two fitting screws on the handle. Also note that the mannlicher M95 bayonet also fits this weapon. I have spent 5 years looking for one of these that wasn’t priced stupidly and EBay finally came through.

Steyr Maschinenpistole 34 österreichisch

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgFlag_of_PortugalFlag_of_AustriaThis weapon is the Steyr manufactured MP34. Labelled the MP34ö by the Germans to differentiate it from the Bergman MP34, the ö stood for Austrian (Österreichisch). This weapon was very well manufactured and this led to its downfall since it made it expensive to build when compared with competitors like the MP38/40 or later MP43/44. It’s service life was limited to use by police units and later the Waffen-ϟϟ. There were a number of these that were exported to Portugal, some of the later ones were chambered in 9mm Luger.

I believe this to be one of those wartime manufactures as it has WaA189 stamps on the frame and bolt indicating it was manufactured in the Steyr-Daimler plant in Warsaw, Poland. The stock has the Portuguese crown stamped into it as well as the number 1942, which I assume is the contract year.

And finally, a couple of photos of it with an M95 Steyr bayonet fitted. In German service this would be correct. In Portuguese service these were fitted with a purpose made Mp34 bayonet.

The Merchant Marine Commemorative Medal 1939-1945

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Rare Medals with tags , , on April 28, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_PortugalThis medal was created by Portugal in 1951 to recognise the crews of the ships of its merchant navy who sailed into war zones during WW2. Portugal was neutral throughout WW2.

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