I have saw several references to the 7.9x57R Dutch MG ctg as being adopted in 1908.
In the book “Grand Old Lady of Noman’s Land” ,Goldsmith, the following chronology of Dutch MG acquisitions is given:
1908 Scharzlose cal 6.5x54R
1918 Vickers .303"
1918 Maxim 08 &08/15 cal 7.9x57
The above refers to the Dutch home army not the east indies army which had their own small arms program.
In 1925 the Dutch adopted a “newly developed cartridge which was basically the German 7.9 cartridge with a rim.” A program was then started to convert the Schwarzlose, Vickers and Maxim guns to the new cartridge.
What was the date of introduction of the 7.9x57R Dutch Mg ctg,1908 or 1925? Does anyone have a specimen of this round dated earlier than 1925.