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Original WW1 period German Military Aerial Dart (Deutscher Militär-Luftdart).

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  • Item Source Original
  • Army Yes
  • Navy No
  • Air Force No
  • Marines No
  • Special Forces Yes
  • Civil No
  • Police & Emergency Services No
  • Other No

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Original WW1 period German Military Aerial Dart (Deutscher Militär-Luftdart).

Made from Steel and milled on a machine to give it the necessary shape. They are solid metal, with no fuse or explosive mechanism. Has some surface rust, but is still solid.
In Very Good condition for its age.

Aerial darts (sometimes called Flechettes), are short steel projectiles with a sharp point at one end, and fins at the other. Originally invented by the Italians in 1911-1912, during the First World War they were first said to have been used by the French, then British and Germans.

These darts were dropped from aircraft in great numbers, from canisters or boxes holding between twenty and 250 darts.  By dropping them at great heights they would acquire sufficient momentum (like a bullet) to allow them to pierce the heads, or bodies of their targets. Some canisters were attached under the fuselage, and were opened to release the darts, using a wire. Others were released manually (as per the period illustration included with the photographs).


Marked on the side of the head end -

9        D.W.M
(Issue or Acceptance Stamp with a Crown)


This dart is 131mm (5.15 in) long by 7mm (0.27 in) wide.

No reserve.

I will combine shipping for multiple purchases. Because of the value, postage will be registered and trackable.

 

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