WWI. 11 1/8” length with 7” broad d.e. blade in the Italian taste. White metal guard and band form pommel to the heavy iron grip, perhaps a section of shot gun barrel. Crude, made in desperation to satisfy a desperate need. In the trenches, enemy soldiers existed mere hundreds of feet apart. Unexpected attacks overland and by excavation resulted in hand to hand combat which could erupt at any time. This example served on the Austrian cold Alpine whereas the majority were used on the Western Front. One of the thousands which were produced under the pressure of the gruesome and unexpected conditions of trench warfare, nearly all of which have now perished.