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This is a completely matching, 1912 Dated, DWM (Deutsche Waffen und Munitions Fabriken) WWI Imperial Luger with a matching magazine, a very early Imperial  holster and a loading tool.  This is chambered for 9mm and has a standard 4" barrel fixed sights and walnut grips and is Unit Marked.   This WWI Luger manufactured for standard issue firearm to the German military was designated the Pistole 08 for 1908, the year of acceptance by the German Imperial Army. A very unique specimen in good condition with a lot of history in a 99 year old gun.   (1425)



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   The causes of World War I, which began in central Europe in July 1914, included many intertwined factors, such as the conflicts and hostility of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. However, the immediate origins of the war lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914, casus belli for which was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb on June 28, 1914. On that date Austria declared war on Serbia.  Germany, an ally of Austria declared war on August 1st declared war on Russia an ally of Serbia and France on August 3rd 1914. The English, an ally of France declared war on Germany on August 4th, 1914

   The crisis came after a long and difficult series of diplomatic clashes between the Great Powers over European and colonial issues in the decade before 1914 that had left tensions high. In turn these diplomatic clashes can be traced to changes in the balance of power in Europe since 1867.  The more immediate cause for the war was tensions over territory in the Balkans. Austria-Hungary competed with Serbia and Russia for territory and influence in the region and they pulled the rest of the Great Powers into the conflict through their various alliances and treaties.

World War I as a declared state of war lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.

After a decade of unstable alliances and military buildups, World War I was triggered in 1914 by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. It ended in 1918 with the Treaty of Versailles.

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   The war lasted until Germany signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918



This is the early Imperial Luger with the 100mm barrel, a factory hold open, the long sear and no stock lug.  This was the early 1908 Model for collectors and a difficult date to find.


Germany was not at war in 1912 and the procurement of side arms had not reach the pitch it achieved in 1913. The 1912 model is very difficult for the collector to obtain, only approximately 10,000 were made and this one with the unit markings and exquisite holster makes it a jewel  in anyone's collection.


The serial number appears on the front of the frame, on the left side of the receiver, on the side plate sear and trigger. This Luger is all matching including the magazine. The extractor is marked "Geladen" on the left side and the safety is marked "Gesichert" with the safe position being downward. The proof marks are the amazing story of this guns. Telling us the gun served in WWI and shows the honest wear from the Battlefield.

The Holster shows the makers cartouche and on the inside flap, with the loading tool is the Corps acceptance marking of the Imperial Army. These early WWI holsters are Very Early (96 yr old)

This is a high quality pre-war holster with sold stitching and minty in condition. AWM on the holster indicates Artillerie Werkstatt Muenchen and the maker mark with the location Passing is the actual saddler shop in a suburb of Munich which made the holster. AWM was the clearing house or army procurement organization for the Bavarian army. AWM marked holsters are not seen after 1915.


Unit marked 62.R.12.6./ Infantry Regiment 62, 12th Company, weapon #6.

Oberschlesisches Infanterie-Regiment (Nr.62). The third battalion was garrisoned in Ratibor, Upper Silesia (now Poland). Upon mobilization in 1914 the regiment was assigned to the 12th Infantry Division (history below).


In 1914 The 12th Division, forming with the 11th Division the 6th Army Corps (Breslau, formed a part of the 5th Army (German Crown Prince). At the beginning of the war, took part in the battle of August 22nd at Rossignol les Bulles, entered France August 24th, passed the Meuse above Monzon on August 28th and took part in the battle on September 7th at Lahey Court and Villotte newar Louppy.

After the battle of the Marne it was engaged September 21 at Berru at Nogent P Abbesse (east of Rheims).  It remained at Rheims front until the middle of June 1915. 

On July 1st 1916 the division bore the brunt of the English attack at Somme and suffered heavy losses (61.5%)

It was then transferred to Champagne in December and then was shortly entrained and sent to the Russian front where it did not engage in any major battles.  In May 1917 it was returned to the Western front and eventually detrained at Gheluwe.

German solders launching an attach on the French trenches  after an artillery barrage where they were over- running the French and  destroying the French unit.

(12th Div Cont. )In 1917 the 12th division remained in reserve first on the Wytschaete-Messines front, and then (Aug 1st relieved the 22nd Reserve Division in the sector east of Klein-Zillebeke after the Franco-British attack. It was relieved on August 20th and transferred to Alsace for reorganization and rest where it remained until October when it entrained to the Italian front to the 14th German Army where it was engaged in the Tomino sector on October 25th, 1917, and relieved on the Piave about the 28th of December and returned to France. 

Om January 1918 is was in the neighborhood of Zabern. in France it fought in Alsace-Lorraine, the Battle of Picardy and the battle of Lys, and around Meteren. It was engaged in the battle of Cambral and on November 3rd 1918 was in line east of Joulain until the Armistice.

The Division fought well in Somme and was actively engaged in the Spring offensive and did well. It was almost constantly engaged in hard defensive fighting.

["Down with Bolshevism. Bolshevism brings war and destruction, hunger and death." ]


The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for.  The exterior shows honest wear on the muzzle, barrel and high points on the sides. The barrel is shiny and shows distinct lands and grooves. This Luger is 99 year old battlefield veteran and is in remarkable shape for its age and experience.
Serial number placement is in the military ("exposed") style; displayed on the left side of the receiver, the side plate, the locking bolt, the sear bar safety, the extractor, the forward toggle link, the front of the frame, under the barrel, and on the side of the trigger.  Above: Proofed loading tool.

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed for a 99 year old Luger which had seen action in Belgium, France, Russia, Italy and finally France.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. If you need more information about the gun to make your decisions then email josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com




The right side of the receiver displays all the Imperial Army acceptance stamps. Original grips are finely cut diamond shaped checkering made from walnut or in some cases beech wood. These grips are serial numbered to the gun.


Above the trigger pin one can see a small metal extrusion in the frame resulting from the recall and installation of the "hold open" device.  The 1908-1913 models were made with out the milling and insertion of this device that held the gun open after the last round was fired as a money-saving devise. This was overturned with the experiences gained in the field.

At the outbreak of WWI the German Army seemed reasonably equipped with the Luger Pistol. The DWM factory in Berlin moved to peak production by 1915 and were producing 700 Parabellums per day.

The combined production for DWM  during the war years is only estimated at 740,000.  This was extraordinary for this period when each Luger was individually machined and hand fitted and proofed. The war destroyed vast quantities and these 90 yr old guns that have survived today are treasured in  collections throughout the world.

Note the extension of the extractor marked GELADEN (loaded) when there is a round in the chamber.

Above:  The bottom of the magazine with the matching serial number. Bottom of barrel with the serial number and gauge markings. On the left is the frame and barrel matching serial numbers.  Military Lugers were numbered 1-10000 and then 1a-10000a, 1b-1000b, and so on. To properly identify your Luger always use the full serial number with the alphabet identifier.


Here you can see the extractor in the up position indicating the gun is loaded. The shoot can both see and feel in the dark when the gun is loaded.  We use dummy rounds in all the photographs that depict a loaded gun.  We strongly suggest that you keep your collectables unloaded for purely safety reasons.



German Trench Warfare


With this offering you receive a 1912 Dated Imperial WWI all matching Luger, a proofed period holster, a proofed loading tool that is Imperial stamped  making this a 96 year old battlefield pickup a great addition to anyone's collection. Any questions or requests for additional pictures to facilitate your buying decision josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com  This Parabellum is offered for $3,695.00 over-the-counter.


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