The Nož M 1951 (English: Knife Model 1951) is a combat knife of Yugoslavian origin.
OverviewEditAfter WW2, hand to hand combat got special attention and was under Soviet influence. At the beginning of the 1960s, the Army got a new homemade knife (kama) M.1951 (j), based on the Soviet army knife (NR)40.
The price of a single M51 knife was 25 dinara (cca 7 DEM), according to a price list from 1.7.1970. It was meant for the soldiers (fighters) belonging to scout, saboteur and paratrooper units. Its fiery baptism was 4 decades after being made (by then regarded as old, and mostly given to units of the Territorial Defense - Teritorijalna obrana /TO/), in the hands of the enemy of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA). During a brief conflict (The Ten-Day War), in June 1991, the Territorial Defense issued this knife to all soldiers/fighters who were issued the M56 submachine gun - because of lack of M56 bayonets. The last paragraph mentions a navy knife with a braid for the knife ("nož mornarski sa gajtanom za nož") and a brief description.
- ↑ http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/bayonets-trench-knives-world/yugoslavian-fighting-knife-102058/
- ↑ https://www.militaria-fundforum.de/forum/index.php?thread/855458-kampfmesser-der-jna-m51/
- ↑ Yugoslav M51 knife (Warrelics forum)
- ↑ Bogdanović, B. "Hladno oružje Srbije, Crne Gore i Jugoslavije 19-20 vek", pages 48-49, 143.