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Mannlicher M1895 Carbine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustriaFlag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg648px-Flag_of_Austria-Hungary_1869-1918This is the Mannlicher M1895 Austrian battle rifle. In this example it is the Kavaliere Repetier-Carabiner M1895 or carbine /30 in 8x56R caliber. Most likely this was cut down to stutzen length when it was converted from the 8×50 caliber in the thirties.

M95/30 was a conversion in the First Austrian Republic by Steyr-Mannlicher during 1930–1940. These rifles carry the letter S meaning Spitzer stamped on the barrel. Main modification was the rechambering to 8×56mmR cartridge. Other changes were the conversion of ladder sights from the older pace unit to meters and addition of a brass front sight protector. Many long rifles were cut down to Stutzen length. Most of M95/30s were sent to Bulgaria during 1938–40, where front sight protectors were removed.

These rifles were also used by second line units as well as the Balkan allies of Germany.

German Steyr-Mannlicher 8x56mm Ammunition

Posted in Ammunition with tags , , , , on October 27, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgWith the takeover of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1936 a large number of Mannlicher rifles came into their possession. These were sold off to Germany’s allies such as Bulgaria which took possession of thousands of M95/30 rifles. This ammunition was produced in 1938 and has the Nazi eagle headstamp.

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Medal for 40th Anniversary of Victory over Hitlerite Fascism

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , on May 4, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Bulgaria_(1971-1990)This is the commemorative medal issued by Bulgaria on the 40th anniversary of the surrender of Germany in May 1945.

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The Order of the 9th September 1944 Civil Division 1st Class

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on April 28, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Bulgaria_(1971-1990)Instituted on 14 September 1945, this order was awarded for services in connection with the 9 September 1944 uprising, for outstanding services in the establishment of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, and for bravery in action by officers and leaders of the People’s Army. Two divisions were created, a Military and a Civil Division, each having three classes. The Military Division can be recognized by its insignia having crossed swords. Two types of the order exist : a screw-back type and a ribboned one. The central medallion depicts a Bulgarian patriot, Vasil Levski.

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The Order of the 9th September 1944 Civil Division 2nd Class

Posted in 1945 + Medals with tags , , on April 28, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_Bulgaria_(1971-1990)Instituted on 14 September 1945, this order was awarded for services in connection with the 9 September 1944 uprising, for outstanding services in the establishment of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, and for bravery in action by officers and leaders of the People’s Army. Two divisions were created, a Military and a Civil Division, each having three classes. The Military Division can be recognized by its insignia having crossed swords. Two types of the order exist : a screw-back type and a ribboned one. The central medallion depicts a Bulgarian patriot, Vasil Levski.

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The Medal for the 30th Anniversary of the Victory Over Germany

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

Flag_of_Bulgaria_(1971-1990)This medal was awarded in 1975 to all surviving veterans of the war against Germany. This marked the 30th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazi’s.

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The Medal for the 50th Anniversary of the Victory Over Germany

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

Flag_of_BulgariaThis medal, from Bulgaria was given to surviving veterans in 1995, upon the 50th anniversary of the end of the European War.

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