1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 10, 2019 1:26 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking names of Belgian companies that manufactured M1 Bayonets & Scabbards

    Dale Sollom Wayfarer

      I am seeking the names of any Belgian companies that had any contracts with the US Government to manufacture M1 Bayonets and Scabbards during and after World War II.

        • Re: Seeking names of Belgian companies that manufactured M1 Bayonets & Scabbards
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Sollom,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 series & 8 file units pertaining to bayonets and scabbard during WWII and later. There is a slight possibility that the manufacturer/contractor will be named in these records. For access to these, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          According to Army disposition schedules, contracts prior to November 1966 were systematically destroyed by the Army once their administrative use ended.  The National Archives has custody of correspondence between contractors and Army ordnance or quartermaster units (as indicated above), especially if there was a problem during production or with the contract.  They rarely include copies of the contract as an enclosure or specific information concerning the contractor. Records of private contractors remained in the custody of the contractor. Please contact that company or corporation for access to these records.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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