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#1 Sommewalker

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:35 PM

Okay, no firm identification on my studded trench club, so here's another. A standard German M.90 lance with an unusual steel ball beneath the point. It appears to be factory fitted but I have never seen another. The lance itself has the usual inspection stamp - Crown over W 14 and is marked to a mounted Jager unit. Anyone any ideas on this? SW

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:42 PM

I don't recall seeing that before, is it removable? general concept is to prevent excessive impaling of the victim and prevent the lance being becoming "stuck" which would either cause the abandonment of the lance or possibly pull the rider from the saddle.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:06 PM

Hi,

these lances with a ball were used for training,

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

Hi,

these lances with a ball were used for training,

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Do you have any source for that which I could quote? I ask because the addition of the ball doesn't really affect the operational length of the point as it is fitted only about 15 mm above the first mount for the pennon. I suppose it would help a novice by preventing a through and through penetration. And, no Khaki; The ball is very closely fitted and held by a transverse rivet, so it would not be quickly removeable. SW

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

Hi,

these lances with a ball were used for training,

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Hello Cnock,

I don't doubt your information and reply, but I am curious as to why you would add a ball to a 'live blade' and how that would assist in training unless for balance?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:53 PM

I believe that a hazard for the inexperienced was getting the lance and even the sabre, too deep. This could unseat the rider. The ball would prevent that, I suppose but a pig sticker had a crosspiece for the same job. Presumably the ball is hollow?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:58 PM

Yep -just pressed sheet steel. Cnock's assertion does make sense, but it makes one wonder why they weren't all so fitted as it doesn't affect the lethality. It is also completely opposite to British practice where these 'stops' were only fitted to lances when they were used operationally. See the photos taken of the Deccan Horse immediately before the action at High Wood. SW

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

I believe that a hazard for the inexperienced was getting the lance and even the sabre, too deep. This could unseat the rider. The ball would prevent that, I suppose but a pig sticker had a crosspiece for the same job. Presumably the ball is hollow?



My understanding of the cross piece on a boar lance or pig sticker was to prevent an enraged charging boar, even though impaled, continuing to run 'up the lance' and still do nasty things to the lance holder. Sorry I am getting 'boaring' just thought I would mention it.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

On consideration if one was practising on straw dummies or something similar such a device would prevent a through penetration which in those circumstances would be undesirable. I think Cnock is on the ball - and I have learned something. - thank you. SW

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

My understanding of the cross piece on a boar lance or pig sticker was to prevent an enraged charging boar, even though impaled, continuing to run 'up the lance' and still do nasty things to the lance holder. Sorry I am getting 'boaring' just thought I would mention it.

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Is that not the same problem as going too deep?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:34 AM

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Sommewalker has it right

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

Is that not the same problem as going too deep?

Essentially it is, except in the military sense the lancer could just loose his weapon or be unseated, and in the civilian sense the hunter could be injured or killed by the animal.

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