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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:22 am 
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What did the germans do with all the captured mausers from Poland, Yugo, Check, Holland, and Denmark? I have seen some pics of what might be "foriegn" mausers in the hands of second line units POA, Police, and "helpers". What do you guys think?
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The Germans did not capture any Mauser rifles from Holland. The Dutch army was armed with the Hembrug M95 (Mannlicher M95):

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Good question - I have a pre-war 7.92 Belgian Mauser (FN made, dated 1938) that doesn't have any re-issue stamps on it - when the guys in field-grey rolled in, what would have happened to this? Stuck back in the armoury and never used?

Seems unusual since it is a perfectly fine weapon and apart from the Belgian woodwork is identical to a German K98 I believe?

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The Germans looted as many arms and munitions from occupied and allied countries as they could towards the end of the war. The Volkssturm was variously equipped with anything from Polish 7.92 rifles to Austrian Mannlicher's from the Imperial days. They even had US lever-action rifles that were given to the Russians that had been around since the 1880's. They generally didn't add issue stamps unless the weapons needed reboring or refurbishing. A lot of Italian Carcano carbines were rebored etc and had the waffenampt stamps added.

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So would they have waffenampted all captured rifles? I'm thinking the answer is yes, but I'd like this confirmed.

If that is the case, I seem to have managed to get a pre-war rifle from an occupied country that didn't end up in the evil hands of the nasty Nazis for use against the former owners and their allies. Guess that I'm just curious about a probable journey for this rifle after it left the FN factory in 1938. There's no export markings, just Belgian stamps.

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As Mark says, if they stayed in the same calibre, they weren't generally marked. If they were re-bored to 7.92x57, they were Waffenampt stamped to show they had been proofed.

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Damn - what's wrong with me today? Mustn't have had enough coffee yet - sorry for that - didn't read Mark's post correctly, as he clearly said that the were only stamped if recalibred.

Sorry about wasting time there with that last question!

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