First World War - War in the Air

Polish wz 34 Cavalry Trooper's Sabre

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  • WEA 1204/1
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  • FULL NAME: Polish wz 34 Cavalry Trooper's Sabre
  • SIMPLE NAME: sword with scabbard
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sword
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weapons and ammunition

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The Polish wz 34 cavalry sabre was adopted for service in 1934, making it possibly the last purpose designed sword of its type to enter service with any army. It is a heavy-bladed cutting weapon, based on the traditional Polish 'szabla' - a symbol of Poland's proud history of mounted warfare. Polish cavalry saw action against both the German and Soviet invading armies of 1939 but, contrary to wartime myth, did not deliberately charge German tanks.

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sword & scabbard

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S wz 34

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